As the city approaches the height of summer, Mayor Jorge Elorza and Providence Emergency Management Agency want to make sure residents stay safe during extreme temperatures. Residents should plan properly when the temperature starts to rise:
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun
- Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine
- Limit your outdoor activities to the evening hours if possible
- Wear loose fitting clothing that is light in color. Wear brimmed hats and sunscreen SPF 15 or higher
- Use a buddy system when working outdoors
- Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and people with special needs
- DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN CARS
- DO NOT open fire hydrants to cool down. It is against the law. Report any open fire hydrant to the Fire Department
- Recognize the sign and symptoms of heat-related emergencies
Heat Stroke: extremely high body temperature, red hot dry skin, rapid strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness. If you are someone else is experiencing this, seek immediate medical attention.
Heat Exhaustion: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, fainting. If you or someone else experiences this, move to a cool shady location, and drink cool water. If symptoms are severe or worsen, seek immediate medical attention.
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