Tonawanda News

July 15, 2013

Heat advisory issued

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a heat advisory Monday to provide residents with advice about how to battle the high temperatures forecasted for this week. 

“Hot temperatures and high humidity can have dangerous consequences, including heat-related illness and death,” Cuomo said. “It is important to pay close attention to weather advisories and warnings, and take action now to protect yourself and your loved ones from this prolonged, excessive heat wave. "I urge all New Yorkers to check on their neighbors, stay inside when possible, stay hydrated, and take advantage of cooling stations if needed.”

Jerome M. Hauer, the state division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services commissioner, also supplied New Yorkers with advice.

“Drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun. Stay in an air-conditioned room, if possible, such as a public building or mall. And be sure to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems," he said. 

Elderly people, small children, those with alcohol problems and those on medications are especially affected by high heat conditions, the statement from Cuomo's office said.

Residents are advised to avoid strenuous activity and exercise, eat more fruits and vegetables, drink two to four glasses of water per hour, wear sunscreen, and not to leave children or pets in the car. 

Cuomo also warned residents of the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, which include hot and red skin, a weak pulse, shallow breathing, heavy sweating, nausea and dizziness. 

If residents experience those symptoms, they are advised to get out of the sun, and apply cool, wet cloths.