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Newton offers ways to beat the heat

Posted by Laura Franzini  July 18, 2012 11:25 AM

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Newton offers residents plenty of ways to keep cool this summer.

Several “stay cool” tips are listed on the city’s official website, including drinking plenty of nonalcoholic fluids, wearing lightweight and light colored clothing, taking a cool shower or bath, and staying in air-conditioned spaces.

The city cautions against leaving people or pets in a closed, parked vehicle, since temperatures in enclosed spaces rise quickly. It also suggests checking on neighbors who may need additional help.

The Newton Free Library is available as a cool space during its normal operating hours, though it is not open on Sundays during July and August. The city suggests residents also find relief in air-conditioned movie theatres, restaurants, or malls.

Common risks of hot weather are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Newton lists several symptoms, including nausea or vomiting, headache, dizziness, confusion, rapid pulse, high body temperature, muscle cramps, and lack of sweating. Residents should seek help if they suspect heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

For questions, the Newton Senior Center can be reached at 617-796-1164 and the Health & Human Services Department can be reached at 617-796-1420. Call 911 in case of emergency.

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