For Immediate Release
July 04, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today encouraged residents and visitors to take precautions while enjoying the City of Boston’s many Fourth of July celebrations. High temperatures are expected for the holiday and into the weekend, posing potential health risks for Independence Day revelers.
“Boston is the best place in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend,” Mayor Menino said. “While we hope the weather will be beautiful for these days of celebration, we urge people who are going to be spending time outside to plan ahead and stay hydrated.”
The City will be providing cooling stations and increased police and ambulance service throughout the weekend.
Heat/Sun Safety Tips
With daily high temperatures in Boston expected to hover around 90 degrees from now through the weekend, people that intend to be outdoors for long periods of time should take certain precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
- Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to these 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.
- It is important to follow the instructions on sunscreen and to reapply as necessary when outdoors for a prolonged time.
- 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 elderly and younger populations. Residents should follow heat safety precautions and pay attention to the 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.
The city offers a variety of resources and information to help residents prepare for hot weather. For tips on warm weather safety and to view a list of city pools and parks with water spray features, visit www.cityofboston.gov/heat or call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500.
Mosquitoes are most likely to be active and biting from dusk to dawn. While West Nile Virus has not yet been detected in mosquitoes in Boston this summer, it is still important to take simple precautions to avoid being bitten. These steps include using insect repellant when outdoors and, when possible, wearing clothing that includes long sleeves and pants. People can prevent mosquitoes from entering their homes by making sure that window and door screens are in good repair.
To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, the Boston Public Health Commission advises limiting places around the home where standing water can collect. People should turn over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, and garbage cans; remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dispose of or cover old tires; and cover swimming pools and kiddie pools when not in use.