NYC Emergency Management Department and Health Department advise to beat the heat

AmNews Staff Reports | 7/19/2018, 11:26 a.m.
The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Health Department advised New Yorkers to take precautions to beat the ...
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The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Health Department advised New Yorkers to take precautions to beat the heat. High heat and humidity are in the forecast, with heat index values in the mid to upper 90s. An Air Quality Alert was also recently in effect. That means individuals should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who might be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease, are at an increased risk and should consider consulting their personal physician if they experience heat-related symptoms.

“Stay cool and hydrated to beat the heat,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “Use air conditioning or visit a cooling center, drink lots of water and avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.”

“During extreme heat, air conditioning can save lives,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “Check on older neighbors, friends and family who may not have air conditioning, and help them get to a cool place.”

To help New Yorkers beat the heat, city cooling centers were open throughout the five boroughs. Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community centers, senior centers and NYCHA facilities that are open to the public during heat emergencies. To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at

The New York City Emergency Management Department urges New Yorkers to take steps to protect themselves and help others who might be at increased risk from the heat. Those at increased risk are people who do not have or use air conditioning and:

are 65 years or older;

have chronic medical, mental health or cognitive/developmental conditions;

take certain medications, which can disrupt the regulation of body temperature;

are confined to their beds, have limited mobility, or are unable to leave their homes;

are obese; or

misuse alcohol or drugs.

Health and safety tips for protection against the heat

Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.

Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Drink fluids, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physicians.

Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine.

Eat small, frequent meals.

Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.

If possible, go to an air-conditioned location for several hours during the hottest parts of the day.

Cool down with a cool bath or shower.

Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at a mall or swimming at a pool or beach.