GLOUCESTER — As the hottest weeks of summer approach, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Police Chief Edward Conley, Fire Chief Eric Smith and Public Health Director Karin Carroll would like to remind Gloucester residents to take safety precautions during their summer activities, especially those that take place outdoors.
“There’s a significant heat wave expected to hit through this weekend, and we want residents to take care to stay cool, hydrated and stay safe,” Fire Chief Smith said. “The sun is incredibly powerful, and people can get burned or become dehydrated very quickly in temperatures this high.”
The National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to reach into the 90s this weekend in Gloucester. 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.
“It’s incredibly important for everyone to avoid strenuous physical activities outdoors as temperatures climb this weekend, and to check in on family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly,” Police Chief Conley said.
To prevent illness and injuries, the City of Gloucester recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross 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.
- 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.
- 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.