Residents can call 2-1-1 to find cooling centers in their town or city
(HARTFORD, CT) - With an excessive heat watch issued for most of the state for the next three days and the heat index possibly reaching as high as 110 degrees, Governor Dannel P. Malloy is asking people to take precautions and to call 2-1-1 if they need information on cooling centers in their town or city.
“We are asking the public to take precautions during this heat wave. The combination of heat and humidity will result in poor air quality and dangerous conditions for the elderly, young children, and those people with respiratory conditions,” said Governor Malloy. “Drinking lots of water and taking cool showers can help lower body temperature, and residents of all ages should call 2-1-1 to find a place to cool down should they need to. For those with elderly neighbors, please consider checking in on them during this extreme heat as well.”
“Hot and sticky weather is a part of life in Connecticut during the summer months, but the combination of high temperatures and high levels of humidity we’ll be experiencing over the next few days can be downright dangerous,” said Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Rueben F. Bradford. “Limit your outdoor exposure, and if you do need to go outside, make sure to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. We’re also reminding people to avoid leaving children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat.”
“Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. “It’s important to regularly check on infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, and others who you know may be at greatest risk due to the heat.”
2-1-1 is continually updating the list of available cooling centers. Dial 2-1-1 or search www.211ct.org to find a center.
For Immediate Release: July 20, 2011
Contact: Scott Devico
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Department of Public Health
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