City of Cambridge Shares Extreme Heat Resources

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – July 5, 2013 – The forecast for the Boston area calls for high heat and humidity levels now through Sunday. In anticipation, the City of Cambridge has mobilized its resources to help residents beat the heat.

High heat and humidity present problems for many people, particularly the elderly, young children, and those with a wide range of pre-existing medical conditions, including diabetes.

All are encouraged to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, and to use sunscreen and light clothing if you must be outdoors for extended periods of time. Residents should also avoid activities that require a high level of exertion.

Residents are also encouraged to utilize public air-conditioned spaces such as the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall to avoid the heat as well.

In an effort to help elderly Cambridge residents stay cool during the current heat wave, the City of Cambridge will be operating a cool shelter at the Cambridge Senior Center located at 806 Massachusetts Ave. (across from City Hall).

The shelter will be open, for seniors only, on Friday, July 5th from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Saturday, July 6th from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 7th from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Residents are being asked to check on their neighbors, particularly the elderly and those who have difficulty with the heat, and to call 911 if they see anyone who is in need of help.

Everyone should remember to hydrate frequently, drinking water and avoiding caffeine and alcoholic products. Those with pre-existing medical conditions need to closely follow their prescribed regimens for medication and rest.

Tips for how to stay cool and safe during extreme heat can be found on the City’s website, and a list of waterplay locations in the City is also available on the Cambridge Community Development website.

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