City warns residents about safety during heat wave

July 18, 2013 Editorial Staff
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With no break in the hot weather streak, the Health Department is warning New Yorkers about the potential dangers of the heat and asking them assist those around them who may be at risk for heatstroke and dehydration. High temperatures are expected to continue through Saturday and the risk for illness increases each day.

“It’s extremely important for elderly people and those with chronic medical conditions to stay cool,” stated Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “We’re asking New Yorkers to help us check on those at risk; you just may be saving a life.”

The department is asking residents to help those who are exhibiting signs of heat-related illnesses by either bringing them to a cool place or getting them medical attention.

Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno explained that the heat index on Friday could potentially reach 105 degrees. “These temperatures, in any duration, can be deadly,” he warned

Possible symptoms of heat-related illness include hot, dry skin or cold, clammy skin; confusion or disorientation; nausea and vomiting; trouble breathing; rapid heartbeat; weakness and dizziness.

“New York City has not endured a heat wave this long since 2006, which was a deadly heat wave that lasted 10 days,” said Farley, New York City is currently on its fifth day.

Data collected from Monday through Wednesday shows that heat-related emergencies have almost doubled for this time of the year. City cooling centers will remain open through Sunday and some centers will operate with extended hours. Locations include Department for the Aging (DFTA) senior centers, libraries and community centers. To find the center closest to you, call 311 or

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