For Immediate Release
June 24, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino is asking the public to be mindful of the high temperatures that Boston is experiencing over the next few days. The temperature in Boston is expected to remain above 90 degrees today and tomorrow and very close to that on Wednesday. The Mayor and the Boston Public Health Commission are urging people to stay hydrated and to keep an eye out for neighbors that might be more vulnerable to the heat, such as the elderly and young children.
“Summer is officially here, and it’s a great time to explore all of the wonderful activities Boston has to offer,” Mayor Menino said. “It’s a fun time to be out and about in the city, and we just want everyone to be safe while enjoying the warm weather.”
Just last week, the Mayor helped to kick-off summer by announcing the opening of the City’s outdoor pools and that ten of the city’s pools, run by Boston Centers for Youth & Families, would adopt a 7-day-a-week schedule beginning this Saturday, June 29. Nearly all of the City’s 55 water sprays have been turned on and will remain on until mid September. A list of spray feature locations is available here: http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/ttd/sprayfeatures.asp.
The city offers a variety of resources and information to help residents prepare for hot weather, available at www.cityofboston.gov/heat.
Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses and injuries, but everyone should remember to limit their activities during very hot weather, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol. When outdoors, limit strenuous activity, wear sunscreen and loose, light-colored clothing, and rest often in cool, shady areas. Additional measures to beat the heat include avoiding cooking, taking cool showers or baths, and staying in air conditioned areas whenever possible.
Heat related illness such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be fatal if untreated and need to be taken seriously, particularly for seniors and small children. People should follow heat safety precautions and pay attention to warning signs such as nausea, dizziness, and headaches. If symptoms persist, call 9-1-1 immediately. Family, friends, and neighbors are also urged to check in frequently with elderly residents who may need assistance during the hot weather.
For questions about heat-related city services, residents should call the Mayor's 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.