Warren County opens cooling stations as heat reaches dangerous levels

Warren County Assistant Fire Chief Gerry Maiatico announced by email the opening of cooling stations in Warren County.

Heat is going to be a real concern this week with temperatures in the 90’s and near 100 by June 22.

Heat index is expected to be above triple digits with high humidity creating a dangerous combination.

Emergency personnel are recommending caution and preparedness for the heat especially when working outside.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends a cup of cold water every 20 minutes even if you aren’t thirsty.

If you are expected to be in the heat for long strenuous jobs it is advisable to drink a beverage with electrolytes.

Take regular breaks to rest and try to break in a shaded area or cool location.

Muscle spasms, nausea, dizziness and fainting are all signs of heat illness.

Check in on elderly people in hot conditions to ensure that they are safe and hydrated.

Outdoor animals need shade and fresh water and brought in during the hottest parts of the day if possible.

Walking an animal on hot pavement can produce irreparable damage to an animal’s paws.

This heat is likely to last through the week with summer arriving June 20 at 4:50 p.m.

Warren County has announced cooling stations according to Maiatico these stations are strictly for cooling purposes and not permanent shelters.

Locations to cool off include Samuels Public Library, Warren County Community Center, and the Public Safety Building.

For those over 60 the Senior Center is available.

The Warren County Splash Pad is another area to cool off.

Extreme heat safety tips from the American Red Cross are found here.

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