NH DHHS - Cooling Centers Open Into the Weekend to Provide Relief from Heat

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Emergency Services Unit (ESU) has compiled a list of cooling centers offering air conditioning that will be open into the weekend for people who may need relief from the heat. High heat and humidity is expected to continue through Saturday across the State. The list of community organizations will be updated as the conditions change and people are encouraged to call 211 to find a cooling center in their area.

“As the heat continues,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero, “actually more people are at risk. For seniors and those with health conditions that make it difficult for them to tolerate the heat, such as asthma and heart disease, the effect is cumulative. Therefore, we are encouraging people to check on their neighbors and loved ones, even if they did so earlier during this heat event.”

Due to the predicted high heat and humidity, DHHS is recommending people take precautions against heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. This is of particular concern for those who are working or exercising outside, seniors, children, and people with certain medical conditions, including heart and lung conditions. Simple precautions include remaining in an air-conditioned environment whenever possible, which is the number one protective measure, drinking plenty of fluids especially water, but avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and large amounts of sugar, wearing light clothing, and limiting outdoor activity. For concerns about your health or someone else’s during excessive heat, contact your healthcare provider or call 911 for emergency assistance.

For more information on heat-related illnesses, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov.

For questions about animal health and heat, call the Department of Agriculture at 603-271-2404 or visit www.agriculture.nh.gov . For questions related to air quality and the heat, contact the Department of Environmental Services at 603-271-1370 or visit www.airquality.nh.gov .