Hochul urges New Yorkers to prepare for hazardous heat

Governor Kathy Hochul urged New Yorkers on Monday to monitor their local forecasts, as above average temperatures, in combination with increased humidity, will result in hazardous heat conditions in the coming days.
“Feels like temperatures” will be at or above 95 degrees, which may result in an increased risk of heat illnesses. The National Weather service has issued heat advisories for portions of Long Island, which began at noon today. The heat is expected to continue into Tuesday.
“Heat waves can be dangerous — I encourage New Yorkers to take precautions necessary to stay safe during this extreme heat,"  Hochul said. “Keep an eye on your local forecast, stay hydrated and postpone outdoor activity if possible.”
Tips for staying safe during extreme heat:

 1. Be Air Quality Aware

  •  People, especially those with cardiovascular disease and those who have respiratory disease, young children, the elderly, those who exercise outdoors, and those involved in vigorous outdoor work should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity when ozone levels are highest 
  • DEC encourages New Yorkers to check airnow.gov for accurate information on air quality forecasts and conditions.

 2. Prepare in Advance

  • Sign up for NY alerts that can come to your phone and email and other alerts offered in your local community.
  • Create a family emergency plan and include a plan to stay cool.
  • Install air conditioners and insulate around them, cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun, and set up fans to increase air flow.
  • You may qualify for a free air conditioning unit. Visit the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website or contact your local office for the aging at 1-800-342-9871.
  • Attend a free Citizen Preparedness Corps training for residents and get the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies. 
3. Heat Stroke and Exhaustion - Know the Symptoms and What to Do
  • Call 911 immediately if you or your loved one has a body temperature above 105°, a rapid pulse, confusion, rapid or shallow breathing, or loses consciousness. Try to cool the person quickly using a cool bath, fans and air conditioning while you wait for emergency responders.
  • Heavy sweating, fainting, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, weakness and cold clammy skin can be indications of heat exhaustion, which can quickly escalate to heat stroke without prompt intervention. Individuals should be moved to a cool place, and cool wet cloths applied to the neck, face and arms.
  • Heat cramps in the abdominal area or extremities can be treated by moving to a cool place, gently stretching the cramped muscle and drinking cool water.
  • Additional information, including procedures for athletes and coaches, workers and employers and heat and health data can be found on the Department of Health’s Extreme Heat website.
  • Heat like this can be dangerous – New Yorkers should take every precaution to stay cool this week. 
4. What to Do During Extreme Heat
  • Stay inside in the air conditioning if possible.
  • If you don’t have access to air-conditioning within your home, open windows and shades on the shady side and close them on the sunny side to try to cool it down. It may also be cooler outside in the shade.
  • Identify free locations areas in your neighborhood where you can go to stay cool such as a public library, pool, or mall. Find Cooling Centers in New York State and New York City.
  • Drink plenty of fluids 
  • When working in the heat, you should drink  one cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes.  That translates to at least 24 to 32 ounces glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you do not feel thirsty.  Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Beat the heat with cool showers and baths.
  • Take regular breaks from physical activity.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, which is between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
  • Wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat when in the sun, even if it is cloudy.
5. Never Leave Children and Pets Unsupervised in Hot Cars
  • There is a real and severe danger when leaving children or pets unsupervised in a car even when temperatures don’t “feel” hot. At 60 degrees outside, after just one hour a closed car can get as hot as 105 degrees.