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South Fire District, Middletown, CT

Heat Advisory, July 31 - Aug. 3

The South Fire District, is advising all citizens to use caution for this week due to heat wave advisory issued by the National Weather Service for our area from Monday July 31st through Thursday August 3rd. Infants, children, elderly and individuals with special medical conditions are at a greater health risk during this period. Middletown has both urban and rural areas, as such, residents living in the urban areas of town, may be at greater health risk from the effect of a prolonged heat wave than those living in the rural areas of town. This is because the asphalt and concrete store the heat and gradually release the heat through the day and night with no benefit of nighttime cooling. The following are tips to plan ahead, what to do during an extreme heat wave and how to ask for help:

Plan Ahead

  • Have central air conditioning running if you have it. Install window air conditioners tightly, insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Use fans to help circulate air.
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. Awnings or louvers can reduce heat in home by up to 80%

What to Do During an Extreme Heat Wave

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Stay on the lowest floor of your home and out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
  • Eat light, well-balanced meals. Avoid using salt unless directed to do so by your physician.
  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, and are on fluid-restricted diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult your physician before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and/or live alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles.
  • Avoid tiring work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system and take many breaks.
  • Do not have pets outside for any extended period of time. They can become ill from the heat as well. Make sure you have plenty of fresh water for them to drink.

How Do I get Help and Advice?

  • If you are feeling ill as a result of heat - call 911.
  • Cooling shelters may be opened in the event of continued extreme heat and power emergencies. These are located at Wesley School, Wesleyan hills Rd. and Lawrence School, 310 Mile La. Both facilities will be open and staffed from 7 AM - 8 PM.