Office of Mayor Frank C. Guinta
For Immediate Release, July 31st, 2006
Contact: Craig Smith, (603) 624-6500; (603) 759-5870
Seniors can cool down at Senior Center, Health Department offers tips on keeping cool
Manchester- Mayor Frank C. Guinta announced today that, due to the projected high temperature, Manchester’s Cashin Senior Center will serve as a cooling station, with extended hours on Tuesday and Wednesday for seniors who need relief from the heat.
The Cashin Senior Center is located at 151 Douglas Street on Manchester’s West Side. The Center will remain open on both Tuesday and Wednesday evening until 8:00 p.m.
"These abnormally high temperatures can be devastating to our city’s older population, some of whom do not have air conditioning to retreat to," Guinta said. "The City wishes to reduce health risks for seniors by providing extended access to air conditioned space where they can take a break from the heat."
The temperature on both days is projected to be in the upper 90’s, with atmospheric conditions causing the temperature to feel even warmer.
In addition to establishing the cooling station, the Manchester Health Department offers the following tips on preventing and managing heat:
- Drink more fluids, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you get thirsty to drink.
- Don’t drink fluids that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar – these actually cause your body to loose more body fluids. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Stay indoors and if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or other place air-conditioned place – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
- Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
- Infants and young children
- People aged 65 and older
- People who have a mental illness
- Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.
- Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour.
- Try to rest often.
- Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
Anybody with questions about the heat or measures that can be taken to minimize its effects, can call the Manchester Health Department, 603.624.6466.