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June 20, 2012
GOV. MALLOY REMINDS RESIDENTS TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS FOR SUMMER HEAT
Call 2-1-1 for Information on Nearby Cooling Centers
(HARTFORD, CT) - With record high temperatures forecasted for Wednesday and Thursday, Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding residents to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the summer months.
"A few simple steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures," said Governor Malloy. "Many towns are opening cooling centers across the state. Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located."
The National Weather Service has issued Heat Advisories for all of Connecticut for Wednesday and Thursday, with Heat Index Temperatures between 100F - 110F on both days.
Here are some tips to follow:
  • Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
  • Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
  • Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
  • Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin's ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.
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For Immediate Release: June 20, 2012
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