Summer Safety


High temperatures and humidity can bring fast-moving summer storms to the area. These storms can result in urban flooding, power outage and downed trees and wires. Before heading outside or on the water, remember to check the weather and have a way to stay updated. 

National Weather service- Daily Forecast

National Weather service- Heat Safety #Summer Ready

New:     Air Quality Indicator ( For a map of current conditions visit:  Fire and Smoke Map (

New:     Norwalk Air Quality Monitor Hub (

The following tips can help you stay cool during the hot days ahead:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella. 
  •  Drink water. Carry water with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. 
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat. 
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m. 
  • Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air. 
  • Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
  •  Be mindful. Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle. 
  • Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes cooling down much more difficult. 
  • Stay cool. If no air conditioning or fans are in your home, consider visiting with friends or family that have air-conditioning or one of the City’s Cooling Centers.

_heat-vulnerable-populations Opens in new window Resources to help you prepare for summer hazards: 

Extreme heat/ humidity: Extreme Heat

Thunder and Lightning: Thunderstorms and Lightning

Power outages Power outages   

Food safety after a power outage:  CDC Food Safety and power outages

Grilling Safety  Grilling Safety    Grilling fire safety

                      CDC- grilling and food safety      CDC- Prepárese para un asado seguro    

Fireworks  Fireworks Safety          Fireworks Safety- Spanish

Swimming and water safety Stewie the Duck- water safety               ARC Water safety    

Boating safety: Recreational boating safety tips

New: Wildfire smoke/air quality: Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke | Air | CDC     King County, WA- Wildfire safety page   (multiple languages)

New: Preparedness/ response apps and resources for families: Mobile Apps and voice enabled skills/actions 

Prepare with Pedro Activity books: 

Extreme Heat- English   Extreme Heat- Spanish

Power Outage- English   Power outage- Spanish

For additional hazards and safety tips visit: FEMA-  or FEMA-

For resources to help children prepare visit: FEMA- Ready Kids   and Prepare with Pedro | Red Cross 

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City of Norwalk- Customer Service203-854-3200
United Way/Infoline- for housing, health, mental health providers,  financial assistance or information. 2-1-1
For public safety or life-threatening emergencies9-1-1
City of Norwalk- Family Navigator program (English, Spanish and other languages) 203-854-7999
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline9-8-8