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North Haven Fire Department Offers Hot Weather Safety Tips Ahead of Potential Heat Wave

NORTH HAVEN – As the hottest weeks of summer approach, Chief Paul Januszewski would like to remind North Haven residents to take safety precautions during their summer activities, especially those that take place outdoors.

“North Haven is expected to see temperatures in the 90s throughout the weekend,” Chief Janusezewksi said. “Residents should limit outdoor activities, if possible, especially during times when the heat is at its peak.”

The National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to reach into the 90s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in North Haven and has issued an excessive heat watch for Saturday, July 20. In addition, the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) has issued its own advisory.

To prevent illness and injuries, the North Haven Fire Department recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and National Safety Council:

Heat Safety Tips:

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70 degree day.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, like water.
  • 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.
  • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • 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, which is typically around 3 p.m.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities if the temperature is too hot.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
  • Learn to recognize and treat heat illnesses.

Tips for Parents: 

  • Limit playtime at peak sun exposure time and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illnesses.
  • Avoid burns. If playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.

To learn more about summer safety, visit the American Red Cross or National Safety Council websites.

Cooling Center Information:

North Haven has two cooling centers that will serve as facilities for residents to go to for temporary relief from the heat. Please note that these sites are not intended to be utilized as shelters as there will be no sleeping accommodations provided.  Furthermore animals with the exception of service dogs are prohibited.

North Haven Montowese Firehouse
282 Quinnipiac Ave.
Cooling Center Hours of Operation
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

North Haven Memorial Library
17 Elm St.
Cooling Center Hours of Operation
Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.