During this heat wave and all summer, the City of Norwalk wants you to stay safe and healthy. Norwalkers are advised to stay cool and take steps to protect themselves as temperatures rise.
You can take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses:
- Try to spend at least a few hours of the day in a cool environment. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, public places like libraries, shopping centers, movie theaters, and restaurants are likely to be cool.
- Cooling centers are open throughout the city during this heat wave (July 19-21), at the Norwalk Public Library branches (Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm), Norwalk Police Department, and Norwalk Fire Department (121 Connecticut Avenue), for those who need it. For more information on cooling centers, call the City of Norwalk’s customer service information line (203) 854-3200.
- Drink lots of water (even if you don’t feel thirsty)
- Avoid strenuous activities, and/or take frequent rest breaks
- Wear light, loose fitting clothing
- Do not consume alcohol or caffeine
Also, know the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Anyone can suffer from heat illnesses, but some people are at higher risk, including the elderly, infants, and people with impaired mobility or chronic diseases. During heat waves, keep yourself safe and check on vulnerable friends and neighbors.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat illness. It can occur when you are exposed to high temperatures for a long time, often when you are dehydrated. Symptoms of heat stroke include a fever (105° F or higher); hot, dry, red spotted skin; confusion; loss of consciousness; and convulsions. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately for medical help.
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses too much fluid. Symptoms include dizziness, weakness, fatigue, headache, and nausea. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can lead to heat stroke, so if you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, call 911 for medical attention. Do not give salt tablets to someone who has these symptoms, because they could cause harm.
To learn more about how to be safe during extreme heat, visit online resources from the Environmental Protection Agency or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.