Cooling stations are available to Cheshire residents during this week’s extreme heat at the following locations and times for the next week:
•The Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Avenue: 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday)
•The Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main Street: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Saturday)
•Town Hall lobby, 84 South Main Street: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Here are some tips from the Red Cross to stay safe in the heatwave:
-Listen to a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
-Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
-Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
-Eat small meals and eat more often.
-Avoid extreme temperature changes.
-Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
-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 you must work outdoors.
-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.
-Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
Residents with questions should visit the following websites for more information: http://www.ready.gov/heat Residents with further questions should call the Town Managers Office at (203) 271-6660 or the Fire Department at (203) 272-1828.