WEST NEWBURY — As this weekend’s projected heat wave approaches, Police Chief Jeff Durand and Fire Chief Michael Dwyer would like to remind residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat and humidity.
“Temperatures this hot can be deadly, and we want everyone to be aware of the steps they can take to stay cool this weekend,” Police Chief Durand said. “Wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing, staying indoors, and drinking plenty of water can and will make a huge difference.”
The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures will reach into the 90s throughout the weekend in West Newbury. Regionally, temperatures are forecast to be in the 90s to lower 100s, and Saturday is expected to be the hottest day.
An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of Massachusetts on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“This weekend, residents should consider avoiding outdoor activities, and instead seek out cooler, air conditioned locations,” Fire Chief Dwyer said. “Those that are still going to spend time outdoors need to wear sunscreen, reapply, stay hydrated, and should still put off strenuous physical activities until after this heat wave passes.”
To prevent illness and injuries during the heat wave, the West Newbury Police and Fire Departments recommend the following safety tips from the American Red Cross, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and National Safety Council:
Heat Safety Tips:
- Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70 degree day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, like water. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and beverages high in caffeine and sugar.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc. Those without air conditioning who stay at home are encouraged to stay on the lowest floor, out of the sun, avoid using the stove and oven, and use fans.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is typically around 3 p.m.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities if the temperature is too hot.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
- Learn to recognize and treat heat illnesses.
Tips for Parents:
- Limit playtime at peak sun exposure time and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illnesses.
- Avoid burns. If playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.
If deemed necessary by town officials, West Newbury will open cooling locations for residents to seek relief during extreme heat.