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Posted on: July 6, 2021

County Executive Curran Announces Opening of Cooling Centers and Offers Heat Safety Tips

NASSAU COUNTY, NY – With high temperatures and humidity impacting the region this week, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today announced that three County cooling centers are open to the public. The following cooling centers will be open:

Cantiague Park Administration Office - 480 W John St, Hicksville, NY
Open 10am – 8pm (Conference Room)
516- 571-7058

Community Room Mitchel Field Administration Building— 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Uniondale, NY
Open 10am – 6pm (First Floor)
516-572-0400

Wantagh Administration Building – 1 King Rd, Wantagh, NY
Open 10am – 6pm
516-571-7460

“With the heat index set to hit close to 100 degrees, temperatures can become unbearable and dangerous for many of our residents,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “To help residents get relief from the heat, Nassau will be opening our cooling centers through the heat wave.” 

The Nassau County Department of Health also offers the following information for residents to protect themselves and others during high temperatures:

  • Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly.
  • Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment.
  • Drink fluids – especially water. Avoid beverages that contain alcohol.
  • Take cool baths.
  • Individuals especially at risk, such as the elderly or those with chronic illnesses should refrain from physical activity, avoid being alone, keep their sleeping area well ventilated, and avoid falling asleep in a hot room.
  • Eat light, but nutritious foods.
  • Avoid the sun at the hottest times of the day.
  • Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothing.

Elderly people, infants, and many individuals with chronic medical conditions are at high risk for heat-related problems and should be very cautious about exposure. If any person experiences heat stroke or exhaustion, get medical help immediately.

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses may include: headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and low pulse rate. Other symptoms may include cold pale and clammy skin or hot, flushed dry skin.

Also as a reminder do not leave children or pets in cars. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20° F within the first 10 minutes. Children and pets that are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death. When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children or pets that have fallen asleep in the car.

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