Brookline’s Emergency Management Team Shares Safety Tips and Resources Ahead of Heat Emergency

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BROOKLINE – The City of Brookline Emergency Management Team would like to remind residents of safety precautions and community resources ahead of a heat emergency expected over the next few days.

The region is expected to experience daily temperatures of 90 degrees or higher and heat indices ranging from 95 to 100 degrees Tuesday through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The City of Brookline will open cooling stations in the Community Room on the first floor of the Public Safety Building at 350 Washington St., which will be open 24 hours a day, and at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St., which will be open in weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are currently recommended in public areas of Brookline, including cooling centers.

The municipal libraries and swimming pool are also open to the Brookline community. To view library locations and hours, click here. To see the opening hours of the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatic Center, click here.

Residents can access water play areas at Brookline parks and playgrounds between dawn and dusk.

The Brookline Housing Authority will have air-conditioned community rooms for residents of 61 Park St., 90 Longwood Ave., 50 Pleasant St., 190 Harvard St. and Colonel Floyd, 28 Foster St.

The City of Brookline recommends all residents who can turn on their AC on days when it’s over 90 degrees. If you’re worried that you can’t afford to run your air conditioner, Eversource is offering rebates to eligible customers, and information about those rebates can be found by clicking here.

“The heat we are expected to feel for the next few days can be potentially dangerous, especially for those with pre-existing conditions or who have difficulty accessing air conditioning,” said the director of public health and social services. Sigalle Reiss. “We encourage members of the Brookline community to check on their at-risk neighbors and family members.”

To prevent illness and injury, Brookline Emergency Management recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council:

Heat Safety Tips:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, even if you are not thirsty, and avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeinated beverages, and large amounts of sugar, as they actually cause you to lose more body fluid .
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors as they absorb the sun’s rays. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and applying sunscreen SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside.
  • If you are outdoors, find shade and minimize direct sunlight.
  • Slow down, stay indoors, and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is usually around 3 p.m.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Take frequent breaks if you work outdoors.
  • Check family, friends, and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, spend a lot of their time alone, or are more likely to be affected by heat.
  • If someone does not have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the hottest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The temperature inside the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70 degree day.
  • Check animals frequently to make sure they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water.

Additional tips for parents:

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

Recognize heat-related illnesses:

heat cramps

  • Look for: heavy sweating during strenuous exercise; muscle pain or spasms
  • If you have heat cramps:
    • Stop physical activity and move to a cool place
    • Drink water or a sports drink
    • Wait for the cramps to go away before doing more physical activity
    • Consult a doctor if cramps last more than an hour, if you are on a low sodium diet, or if you have heart problems

Heat exhaustion

  • Look for: profuse sweating; cold, pale and clammy skin; fast and weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; muscle cramps; tiredness or weakness; dizziness; headache; fainting
  • If you expect heat stroke:
    • Move to a cool place
    • Loosen your clothes
    • Put cool, damp clothes on your body or take a cool bath
    • sip water
    • Get medical help if you are vomiting, your symptoms get worse, or if symptoms last longer than an hour

Heatstroke

  • Look for: high body temperature (103°F or higher); hot, red, dry or moist skin; rapid and strong pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; pass out
  • If you expect heat stroke:
    • Dial 911 immediately – heat stroke is a medical emergency
    • Move the person to a cooler place
    • Help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
    • Do not give the person anything to drink

Learn more about heat-related illnesses here.