Hot Weather Advisory & Cooling Station Information
Heat Wave Precautions:
1. Neighbors and/or family members should do frequent well being checks on the elderly.
2. All people should try to conserve their energy by staying indoors, in air conditioning, if possible, and avoiding strenuous activity.
*The Fletcher Library is open as a cooling station with A/C until 9pm Monday-Thursday, and Friday-Saturday until 5pm.
3. Stay hydrated! Drink sips of water thoughout the day, rather than "guzzling" and/or waiting until you feel thirsty.
4. Pets may need extra water and attention as well.
5. NEVER leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even if the windows are opened.
6. Be familiar with the symptoms of heat related illness (heat stroke or heat exhaustion):
a. Changes in consiousness or behavior (confusion)
c. High body temperature
d. Hot, red skin, which may be moist and sweaty or
dry to the touch.
*Seek medical attention if these symptoms occur since heat illness can be life threatening.
7. Use of electric fans may help, but cannot totally prevent heat related illness.
8. Set air conditioning to levels that sufficiently cool your home, but be cautious of power usage and possible electrical "brown outs".
9. Other helpful tips:
a. Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light colored clothing.(Light colors help reflect heat and sunlight).
b. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages; they will make you more dehydrated.
c. Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.
d. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sunshine with drapes, shades, or awnings.
e. Avoid sunburn, which actually slows the skin's ability to cool itself.
Contact the Westford Health Department if you have any questions by calling 978-692-5509 or at www.westfordma.gov and click "Public Health" on the left side bar.