Last week New York City kicked off the official start to summer with it’s first heat wave of the season.
A heat wave is three days or more of 90 degree plus weather and New York saw three days of 90 degree plus weather from Wednesday to Friday of last week . The heat can be dangerous and according to the New York City Office of Emergency Management heat related illnesses include: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
According to a report from Reuters, an 81 year man in Queens, died on Thursday from hyperthermia, the first death this summer due to the heat. But death via heat is not new to New York City Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the New York medical examiner’s office says that last summer, there were 31 heat related deaths in the city.
According to the New York City Office of Emergency Management “When the heat index is predicted to be dangerously high, New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned public community centers, senior centers, and public libraries to offer people relief from the heat.
Individuals who have no ready access to a cool environment, and particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use the cooling centers during a heat wave.”
New York City opened cooling centers in June 2008 to provide New Yorkers relief from extreme heat conditions. The NYC Department for the Aging supplied also has “facilities and staff to carry out the emergency response.”
New York residents deal with the heat in many different ways, trying to keep cool while they work out in the sun. Walter White a shoe shiner at 125th street and 5th avenue. White says he drinks plenty of water and tries to stay in the shade. Franklin Henriquez, who works everyday promoting Medicaid, says he sets up a tent to block the sun.
FDNY Captain Paul Washington says if you want a fire hydrant turned on in your neighborhood, that you should go to your local fire house for a spray cap.