NYC is feeling the heat. This weekend we may experience temperatures up to 100 degrees with no end in sight. New York City's office of Emergency Management is asking New Yorkers to take precautions to prevent any illness that can come from the heat.
New York City has cooling centers that will be open this summer for New Yorkers to stay cool/ Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities like libraries, community centers etc that are open to the pubic for heat emergencies. To find the cooling center closest to you, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4155) or visit NYC Emergency Management's Cooling Center Finder at NYC.gov/oem.
Here are steps you should take to stay safe and cool during these hot summer months via abc7:
* Stay out of the sun-avoid extreme temperature changes.
* Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect some of the sun's energy.
* Drink fluids-particularly water-even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. (Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.)
* Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine.
* Eat small, frequent meals.
* Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun's peak hours-11 A.M. to 4 P.M. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 A.M. and 7 A.M.
* If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day.
* New York City may open cooling centers around the five boroughs when temperatures reach dangerous levels. When cooling centers do open, call 311 or go to nyc.gov/oem to find the nearest center.
* Cool down with a cool bath or shower.
* Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at a mall, or swimming at a pool or beach.
* Cover all exposed skin with an SPF sunscreen (15 or above); wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head.
* Never leave your children or pets in the car.
You can find more resources to escape the heat here.