Beat the heat: Pelham’s cooling centre and tips to stay cool
As temperatures rise to the mid-30s with humidity reaching into the 40s, Pelham residents requiring a place to escape the heat can do so at Fire Station #1 on Highway 20. As a designated cooling centre, the fire station provides reprieve from the heat for residents from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Physical distancing measures are in place and anyone entering the building will be required to complete a predetermined health screening, including having their temperature taken.
Pelham residents are advised to take extra precautions during episodes of extreme heat and humidity.
Signs of heat-related illness may include confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and headache.
Here are steps to minimize heat-related illness:
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outside, plan your activities during cooler parts of the day. Rest frequently in shady areas, and drink plenty of fluids (unless fluid is restricted by one’s physician).
- Never leave infants, young children, or pets in a parked car. For infants and children, dress them in cool, loose clothing, and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Ensure infants and children are protected with sunscreen.
- People over 65 years of age may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Stay in cool areas and use air conditioning. When the temperature is in the high thirties or higher, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is more effective.
- People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat. They should stay in cool areas and use air conditioning.
- Any health condition that causes dehydration makes the body more susceptible to heat sickness. Consult your doctor if you feel signs of confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and/or a headache.