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  • Herkimer Co. considers opening cooling centers

  • Herkimer County Public Health on Wednesday said it is considering opening cooling centers due to the high temperatures expected on Thursday.

    Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching the triple digits due to humidity. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the area as a result.

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  • Herkimer County Public Health on Wednesday said it is considering opening cooling centers due to the high temperatures expected on Thursday.
    Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching the triple digits due to humidity. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the area as a result.
    Public Health said it will open cooling centers as needed based on developing local conditions.
    Anyone who would like information on cooling center locations or who is experiencing heat-related illness can contact 911, a news release stated.
    Local residents are advised to take precautions during the hot weather, and to check on young children or senior citizens who are more susceptible to heat-related illness.
    Public Health recommended residents minimize strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun’s peak hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; drink at least two to four glasses of water per hour during extreme heat; avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine; stay out of the sun and seek air-conditioned settings; wear sunscreen with a sun protector factor rating of at least 15 and a hat to protect the face and head; wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing; cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and over-warming effects of sunlight; never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car or other vehicles during periods of intense heat; make an effort to check on neighbors during a heat wave, especially the elderly, infants and young children or others with special needs; and make sure there is enough water and food for pets.
    Health hazards are residents need to be cautious of, according to Public Health, include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, sunburn, heat cramps and heat rash.
    For more information, go to: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hot or
    http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/heataware.cfm.
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