Mayor Announces Additional Manchester Cooling Station

 

Office of Mayor Frank C. Guinta

For Immediate Release, August 2nd, 2006

Contact: Craig Smith  (603) 624-6500; (603) 759-5870

Craig Smith(603) 624-6500; (603) 759-5870

Craig Smith(603) 624-6500; (603) 759-5870

City Library to Extend Hours Today

Manchester- Mayor Frank C. Guinta and Interim Library Director Denise VanZanten announced today that, due to today’s historically high temperatures, Manchester’s Main City Library will serve as an additional cooling station, and will be open until 8:30pm tonight for those who need relief from the heat.

Mayor Frank C. Guinta and Interim Library Director Denise VanZanten announced today that, due to today’s historically high temperatures, Manchester’s Main City Library will serve as an additional cooling station, and will be open until 8:30pm tonight for those who need relief from the heat.

This is in addition to the previously announced cooling station at the Cashin Senior Center, which is located at 151 Douglas Street on Manchester’s West Side. The Senior Center will remain open this evening until 8:00 p.m.

In addition to establishing the cooling station, the Manchester Health Department offers the following tips on preventing and managing the 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.