2016-07-13 / Front Page

Weathering Hot Weather

By Liz Goff
City officials are reminding residents to take precautions this summer, during times of extreme heat and humidity. The following is a list of recommendations offered by the Office of Emergency Services (OEM) to help Queens residents keep their cool, and keep electricity flowing during heat waves:
  • The city Office of Emergency Services (OEM) will keep more than 500 cooling centers open for people who do not have access to air conditioning. Call 311 for the location of a cooling center near you.
  • Conserve energy by using less electricity, setting thermostats no less than 76 degrees.
  • Do not leave air conditioning units turned on in unoccupied rooms.
  • Do not leave air conditioners on when you are not at home
  • People who work outdoors should take frequent breaks and drink lots of water
  • Avoid exposure to temperatures and direct sunlight during mid-afternoon hours, when the heat level is turned up. If you must go out at mid-day, make sure to walk in the shade (if possible) and drink plenty of water.
  • If temperatures make you feel weak, sleepy or disoriented call 911 for help. Overexposure to stifling temperatures can cause heat stroke, which is characterized by the above symptoms, along with nausea, heart palpitations and difficulty breathing

Seek immediate medical assistance if you or someone close to you experiences these symptoms.

City officials are also urging Queens residents to check on sick or elderly neighbors to determine how they are coping during periods of extreme heat.


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