Newtown is looking to help people beat the heat by offering some extended hours and reminding residents of places that are air conditioned where they can gather. The Muncipal Center at Fairfield Hills is open 7am to 9pm through Thursday and on Friday from 7am to 5pm.
CH Booth Library and the Newtown Senior Center are open during their normal hours.
The Newtown First Selectman, Emergency Management and Health District offices are asking that residents check on any elderly or frail neighbors, monitor pets and keep them out of the sun.
Individuals are urged to take the following steps to ensure good health:
Drink plenty of water
Avoid strenuous activities
Take frequent rests for cooling down in an air conditioned area or near a fan
Wear light, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Eat lightly throughout the day
Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or long periods in the sun (especially between the hours of 12 noon and 4pm which are the hottest hours during the day
Heat Related Illness has some common symptoms that should be watched for, including:
Dry Red Spotted Skin
Body temp. at or above 105 degrees F