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Tips for Dealing with Extreme Heat

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Friday Update

Stoughton is under an excessive heat warning until 7 p.m. on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service reports:

"[Friday] will be the hottest day of now the 6th day of the heat wave. The combination of very hot temperatures and humidity will allow for heat index values to reach 110 degrees. This is a very dangerous situation, especially for the young and elderly."

The oppressive heat will continue on Saturday, just not to the extent of Friday.

As for the threat of severe weather, the National Weather Service says:

Friday: "An isolated thunderstorm is possible. Any storms will have the potential of producing lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Localized flooding remains a possibility with heavy rain. Gusty winds could result in damage." 

Saturday: "Expecting a line of strong to severe storms to impact Southern New England during the afternoon into evening hours. Storms will have the potential of producing damaging winds, large hail, lightning, and heavy rain. With heavy rain, localized flooding is also possible."

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Original Post

With this week's heat wave continuing as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-upper 90s on Thursday and Friday, the
Stoughton Emergency Management Team passes along the following to help residents deal with the extreme heat:

Extreme heat can be very dangerous, leading to heat stroke and death. Heat stroke occurs when your temperature rises quickly and your body cannot cool down. This condition is life-threatening, but it is preventable.

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

  • Stay in air-conditioned space if possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a public library, heat-relief shelter, or other cool location.
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids (check with your doctor if you are usually supposed to limit your fluids).
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.  
  • Cut back on exercise. 
  • Closely watch those who are at high risk of heat-related illness, including older adults, young children, and individuals with physical and/or mental illnesses. 
  • NEVER leave anyone in an enclosed, parked vehicle.
If you believe that you or someone else may be suffering from heat stroke or another heat-related illness, get help right away. It could be a life or death emergency.

Need Relief from the Heat ?

Stoughton Fire Chief Mark Dolloff passes along the following:

The Stoughton Public Library and the Stoughton Senior Center will be open as cooling centers for the residents of Stoughton Thursday and Friday during normal business hours.

You must provide your own transportation.

  • Library hours - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and  Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Senior Center hours - Thurs. 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Fri. 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Stoughton Recreation Open Playground Heat Advisory

The following is from the Stoughton Recreation Department:

The Stoughton Recreation Department's Open Playground Camp at the South School will be CLOSING AT NOON Friday 7/19/13 because of the heat. No bus home.

Safety Tips for Pets

Stoughton Deputy Police Chief Robert Devine passes along the following from the MSPCA:

  • Summer Safety For Pets It’s important to keep your pet safe and comfortable during the dog days of summer. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Ang(MSPCA-Angell) has come up with a list of petcare tips to ensure your animal has a safe and healthy summer.

  • Hot weather is hard on pets as well as people. Try to exercise pets in the early morning or late evening when the weather is cool. Keep pets safely at home versus taking them in the car. The inside of a car can heat up to 110 degrees in 10 minutes on an 80 degree day even with the windows slightly open. Your pet could be in danger even on a moderately hot day.

  • Think twice before bringing your dog to the beach or park on very hot days. When there is not enough shade or access to water, they can quickly become dehydrated. When taking pets for walks on hot days, be sure to pack plenty of water for you and them! 

  • Remember, breeds with short noses like Pugs and Persians are more susceptible to breathing difficulty in hot weather. If your pet exhibits the following signs please contact your veterinarian and animal emergency service as these are signs of heat stroke and can prove fatal: excessive panting, vomiting, tiring easily, diminished appetite and lethargy.

  • Plan ahead for vacations. If your pet can’t go with you, find a trusted and competent pet sitter. Check references, qualifications and training. When choosing a kennel, make a personal visit to check for cleanliness, staff qualifications, security, safety, health requirements and veterinary care. Ask your pet’s veterinarian and others for referrals and request references from the business.

  • Take your pet for a check up. Test dogs for heartworm and groom pets regularly to check for fleas and ticks. Ask your veterinarian about heartworm and flea preventative medication for both dogs and cats.

  • Always have your pets wear a collar and current ID tag. The summer months are an especially busy time for lost pet calls to shelters. If your pet has no collar or ID tag, the chances of finding him diminishes greatly.



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