Heat Wave Health Notice
Ware is under a heat advisory, with heat index values up to 100 degrees from until 8:00 pm tomorrow, 8/9/2022. During this extreme heat, it is important to do the following:
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle, even with windows cracked open.
- Stay hydrated, eat light meals, and avoid strenuous activity
- Stay indoors as much as possible. Do not leave pets outdoors for an extended period of time. If you must go outdoors try to do so in the morning and evening. Wear sunscreen any time you are outdoors with a high SPF and a wide-brimmed hat and/or sun protective clothing.
- If you do not have air conditioning, stay on the lowest floor you are able and use fans to cool off.
- Check on your family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those who may need medical assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.
- Watch for the symptoms of heat-related illness:
- Heat cramps: symptoms include muscle pain and spasms. Go or get the person to a cooler place and drink water or fluids with electrolytes
- Heat exhaustion: symptoms include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, nausea, dizziness, headache, weakness and/or exhaustion. Go or get the person to rest in a cooler place, loosen tight clothing, and apply cool wet cloths. If conscious give water or fluids with electrolytes every 15 minutes. If no improvement, call 911
- Heat stroke: This is life threatening. Symptoms include extremely high body temperature, hot and red skin, loss of consciousness, rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, vomiting, confusion, and/or seizures. Call 911 right away. Get or move the person to a cooler place, immerse in cool bath, wrap in cold wet sheets, or cover in bags of ice.
If you are in need of a cooling center, please contact the Ware Fire Department at 413-967-5901. Centers will be available at the Ware Fire Department and, if need arises, the Ware Senior Center. Please call first to confirm which location to go to.