heat_thermometerWith temperatures expected to be near 90 degrees over the next few days, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is reminding residents to take precautions to stay safe and healthy during this hot and potentially dangerous weather. Residents are urged to stay hydrated and in shaded or air conditioned areas whenever possible.

“Summer temperatures are here early,” Mayor Menino said. “During hot weather like this, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated, and to keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable residents.”

Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses and injuries, but everyone should remember to limit their activities during very hot weather, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol. When outdoors, limit strenuous activity, wear sunscreen and loose, light-colored clothing, and rest often in cool, shady areas. Additional measures to beat the heat include avoiding cooking, taking cool showers or baths, and staying in air conditioned areas whenever possible. Boston Centers for Youth and Families neighborhood centers, including pools, will be open regular hours. View the BCYF facilities and pool hours.

“In temperatures like these, we can still get outside and enjoy our city, but everyone should be aware of the risks and signs of heat stroke,” said Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission.  “Make sure to drink plenty of water, and find a cool, shady spot to rest if you find yourself getting too hot.”

Heat related illness such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be fatal if untreated and need to be taken seriously, particularly for elderly and younger populations. Residents should follow heat safety precautions and pay attention to the warning signs such as nausea, dizziness, and headaches. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately. Family, friends and neighbors are also urged to check in frequently with elderly residents who may need assistance during the hot weather.

For questions about heat-related city services, residents should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500. Comprehensive heat safety tips and resources are available on the city website at www.cityofboston.gov/heat.