By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

It’s been hot for so long; it almost seems like we never had a winter. The bad news is we aren’t even into August, so the heat is just beginning. One of my favorite songs to listen to while reading this

Though we may not stop the heat, there are some steps to take to cool things down for you and your family!

Slow down. Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors, and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.


Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.

During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.

Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

Never leave infants, children, or pets in cars!

Plan for power outages both natural and man-made.

When sleeping, use lightweight, breathable covers.

Keep blinds and curtains closed from morning until the late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.

Use small appliances like slow cookers and tabletop grills rather than your traditional oven or stove to keep kitchen heat to a minimum.

Verify that seat belts and car seat restraints are not too hot before buckling yourself or anyone else into a car.

Be vigilant about water safety if headed to a pool or beach. Never leave a child unattended near water and keep lifesaving gear handy.

Let’s face it, we all like to be ‘Cool’ but sometimes it’s tough… So lay low and keep cool, the summer has just begun!

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