Heat Safety Tips

Heat Safety Tips

July 19, 2019 06:33 PM

Heat Safety Tips:

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Community cooling centers are available in many urban and metropolitan areas. Check with your local county office to locate centers near you.
  • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.

Tips for athletes in the heat:


1. Avoid scheduling workouts and exercise during the hottest times of the day – schedule them for early in the day or later in the evening. 

2. Get players acclimated to the heat by reducing the intensity of workouts or exercise until they are more accustomed to the heat.

3. Have players take frequent, longer breaks. Stop about every 20 minutes to drink fluids and try to have them stay in the shade.

4. Those in charge should reduce the amount of heavy equipment athletes wear in the extremely hot weather.

5. Know the signs of heat-related emergencies and monitor athletes closely.

            - Athletes should inform those in charge if they are not feeling well.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

    • If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes
    • If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1.
    • Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

Source: National Grid:

How to keep your pets safe in the heat:

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car- they can suffer from heat-related illness too!
    • Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly.
    • Leaving a window open is not enough- temperatures inside the car can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes, even with a window cracked open.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

Saving energy in the heat:

  • If available, use air conditioning to keep your home cool.

If air conditioning is not available in your home:

  • Contact Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)External for help.
  • Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
  • Spend some time at a shopping mall or public library- even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Don’t rely solely on fans to keep you cool. While electric fans might provide some comfort, when temperatures are really hot, they won’t prevent heat-related illness.
  • Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.
  • Block out the sun. Keeping the shades or blinds drawn on sun-facing windows is essential to keeping your home cool.

Cooling Stations and Extended Pool Hours

TROY, NY – City officials today announced neighborhood cooling stations will be available starting Friday, July 19th, through Sunday July 21st, from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Cooling stations will be provided by the Troy Fire Department at the following locations:

  • Lansingburgh
    120th Street Park
    (120th Street and 1st Ave.)
  • Little Italy
    Little Italy Market Place
    (5th Avenue, Liberty and Hill Streets)
  • North Central
    7th Ave Park
    (Ingalls Avenue and 7th Ave.)
  • South Troy
    Canal Street Park
    (3rd Street and Canal Ave.)
  • Splash pads are open at various city parks, including Corliss Park, Frear Park, Knickerbacker Park, and Prospect Park from sunrise to sunset. The splash pad at Riverfront Park is open from 10:00am – 8:00pm.

For more information, visit

COHOES, NY - Announces Cooling Station Location and Extended Pool Hours.

  • The "cooling station" is available when needed at the Cohoes Senior Center from Friday, July 19th through Sunday, July 21st. 

Lansing Pool hours will also be extended during the projected heat wave. Friday through Sunday the hours will be 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Swimming at Lansing Pool is free for Cohoes residents but please remember that you must show proof of residency upon entering the pool. Non-residents will be charged $5 per day to use the pool facility with a limit of (70) seventy non-residents per day. 

Here is a list of all the cooling stations in the city of Schenectady. Please stay cool and be safe!

  • Bethesda House
  • Mount Pleasant Branch Library
  • Phyllis Bornt Branch Library
  • Schenectady County Public Library
  • Woodlawn Branch Library

For details and a complete list of all available swim locations and places to cool off please visit and select a state park near you. New Yorkers should also call ahead as adverse weather conditions may affect pool and beach hours.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Pet Safety

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Heat and the Low Income

American Red Cross Association: Heat Safety Steps

New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation


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