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Mayor Walsh urges caution during hot temperatures

July 10, 2015

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is reminding residents to take precaution during the upcoming hot weather forecast through Tuesday. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant to help the City's vulnerable populations at this time, particularly the homeless, seniors, and youngest residents.

"We are concerned about this upcoming hot weather and are working to monitor the rising temperatures, to keep all of our residents safe," said Mayor Walsh. "While we are doing what we can to spread this information, we ask that each and every single Boston resident look after their neighbor, be it someone you see outdoors, or someone next door. It never hurts to check-in."

For more information on heat-safety tips, please visit:http://www.cityofboston.gov/heat/

Heat Safety:

  • For protection against the harmful rays of the sun, adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-15 or higher and wear protective, loose fitting clothing, including long sleeve shirts and hats.

  • Never underestimate the seriousness of heat-related emergencies. The elderly, young children and those with chronic medical conditions are more susceptible to the effects of heat. Always check in on family or neighbors who may be at risk heat exhaustion or heat stroke as temperatures climb.

  • Children and pets should never be left alone in vehicle, for even short periods of times.

  • If you become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint, stop all activity and immediately find shade or a cool area to rest. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately.

  • Try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body can cool itself. Be especially cautious when the sun's UV radiation is strongest, from 11am to 3pm.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, making sure to avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. During hot weather, increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level.

  • Homeless individuals can become dehydrated rapidly due to a lack of access to water or shelter from the heat. If you observe someone who appears in distress, please contact 911 immediately.

  • The City of Boston will declare a Heat Emergency after temperatures have reached 90 degrees or higher for three or more consecutive days. During a Heat Emergency, cooling centers will be open across the City.

  • For more summer safety tips, please visit the Boston Public Health Commission's summer safety page at: www.bphc.org/summersafety.   

  • Falls are the leading cause of injury for children under the age of six. If you have a child in your home, use child window guards in addition to screens on any open window on the second story or above. Information about low-cost window guards for Boston residents can be found at www.bphc.org/kidscantfly.   

  • Secure all window air conditioner units according to the manufacturer's specifications.   

  • Residents can sign up for Alert Boston, the city's emergency notification system, to receive emergency alerts on by phone, email, or text. Sign up online: http://www.cityofboston.gov/oem/alertboston.asp.

Parks and Playgrounds, Bare-feet:

  • As hot days approach, children tend to remove their shoes to run through sprinklers and within playground areas; playground surfaces can become extremely hot and cause burns. Please exercise caution prior to removing shoes in outdoor spaces.

Outdoor Fires, Grilling and Fireworks:

  • No outdoor fires are allowed in Boston, including fire pits, chimineas and bonfires.

  • Charcoal grills must be on the ground and away from buildings. Keep in mind the wind and never leave unattended. When done, dispose of the ash in a metal container once completely out.

  • Propane tank grills are only allowed on first floor porches with steps to the ground. Do not place propane tank grills near air conditioners or up against a building. Make sure all connections are tight and never carry propane tanks into a home.

  • Grills should always be used in a well-ventilated area.

  • Firecrackers, hand held sparklers and fireworks are not allowed at any time in Boston. They are dangerous and can cause injury. If you find any, stay away from them and report the location to authorities.

Mosquitoes and Ticks:

  • Mosquito bites can spread West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), while attached ticks can spread Lyme disease.

  • If you are in a grassy, brushy or wooded area, apply a DEET containing repellent that will protect against mosquitoes AND ticks. Always check yourself, children and pets for ticks after returning indoors and remove attached ticks immediately using tweezers.

  • Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks to prevent mosquito bites. Limit your time outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and apply an approved mosquito repellent.

Places to stay cool:

Boston Centers for Youth & Families operates 17 pools and one beach for families looking to cool off in the summer heat. To find the pool or beach nearest you, visit www.Boston.Gov/BCYF or http://www.cityofboston.gov/heat/staycool.asp. On Sunday, the BCYF Clougherty Pool on Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown, the BCYF Mirabella Pool on Commercial Street in the North End, and the BCYF Curley Community Center Family Friendly Beach in South Boston will be open.