Sch'dy County officials offer heat tips

Schenectady County officials are advising residents to take precautions during the coming days of high temperatures.

Drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun if possible. Stay in an air-conditioned room or keep your rooms well ventilated with windows open and fans on. County residents can also visit air-conditioned locations such as a store, area mall, movie theater, or a Schenectady County Library branch. For county library branch hours and locations visit www.scpl.org .

Make a special effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors, young children, and people with special needs. Many older residents live alone and could suffer unnecessarily in the heat because they are isolated from friends and family.

The Schenectady County Office of Emergency Management offered the following quick heat-beating tips:

If possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head.

Use an air conditioner if you have one. Set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.

If you do not have an air conditioner, keep rooms well ventilated with open windows and fans. Consider going to a public pool, air-conditioned store, mall, movie theater or Library.

Fans work best at night, when they can bring in cooler air from outside.

Seniors and others who may be sensitive to extreme heat should contact friends, neighbors, or relatives at least twice a day during a heat wave.

Drink fluids " particularly water " even if you do not feel thirsty.* Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.

Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.

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