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City of Peabody warns residents about dangers of intense heat

Posted by Terri Ogan  July 16, 2013 12:01 PM

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The office of Peabody Mayor Edward Bettencourt is warning residents about the dangers associated with the excessive heat expected over the next few days.

Experts say temperatures could reach the 90s.

“We want to make sure that our Peabody residents—particularly our seniors, stay safe during periods of extreme heat,” Bettencourt said in an announcement. “We will be opening the Torigian Community Life Center, at 79 Central St. in Peabody, as a ‘cooling center’ to anyone who needs a place to stay cool this week.”

In addition, the Peabody Police Department will be looking for people outdoors and involved in activities that could induce heat stroke.

They will be providing them with bottled water and educating people they serve about the dangers of extreme heat.

During the high heat and humidity expected this week, the City of Peabody is recommending that residents take the following measures to prevent heat-related illness:

-Avoid too much sun and avoid extreme temperature changes
-Avoid strenuous activity and direct exposure to the sun, particularly during peak hours of 11am to 4pm.
-Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can harm one's ability to cool oneself.
-Keep rooms well-ventilated with air conditioners and fans. Do not keep your windows closed if you don't have a fan or air conditioning. Any breeze is a good breeze!
-Stay indoors as much as possible
-Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing that will cover as much skin as possible
-Cool down with repeated cool baths or showers, especially if there is no electrical power
-Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat
-Plan outdoor activities for early morning or evening hours. Take frequent breaks
-Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages with lots of sugar or caffeine.
-Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Residents who need transportation to the Life Center should contact the Transportation at 978-531-2254 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Residents who need transportation after those hours may contact the Peabody Police Department at 978-531-1212.

The Life Center will remain open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday July 16; Wednesday, July 17; Thursday, July 18; and Friday, July 19, 2013. The 'cooling center' will not be an overnight shelter.

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