A Heat Advisory is in effect today as a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sunshine, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Do not solely rely on fans to keep cool and seek air conditioning when possible.
The City of Gloucester’s Health Director, at the direction of the Mayor, coordinates an “Extreme Weather Planning Group” within the City. This group is comprised of City and local social service agencies and it plans for extreme weather events such as this heat wave in order to ensure the safety of all residents and in particular the City’s most vulnerable residents.
The City continues to partner with local agencies, especially during the summer heat, by providing education to seniors and Action Inc. and Grace Center clients. The Public Health nurse has provided information on the health effects of extreme heat, including signs and symptoms of dehydration and prevention tips, and has also provided water bottles and sunscreen to clients. Additionally, agencies such as Action Inc, Open Door, and Grace Center continue to provide fresh fruit and water-filling stations for their clients.
If you work or spend time outside. please take extra precautions. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.