In anticipation of the upcoming hot and humid weather, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town has opened the following Cooling Centers to residents today, Monday, June 18th, through 11pm tonight:
- Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center – 1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage
- William P. Bennet Hicksville Community Center – 28 W. Carl Street, Hicksville
- Syosset-Woodbury Community Center – 7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury
“As temperatures steadily increase, a combination of heat and humidity has the potential to become overwhelming, especially out in the direct sun,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “To help provide our residents with some relief, we have made these cooling centers available for those in need of a location to cool off.”
For more information about Town of Oyster Bay Cooling Centers, please call (516) 677-5350.
As heat and humidity can wreak havoc on even the most physically fit of bodies, Supervisor Saladino offers the following tips to help stay cool in rising temperatures:
- Stay hydrated! Dehydration is the most reported heat-related occurrence in the summer.
- When possible, increase time spent in air-conditioning.
- Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Take a cool bath.
- Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly.
- Eat light but nutritious food.
- Avoid the sun at the hottest times of the day.
- Individuals especially at risk, such as the elderly or those with chronic illness, should refrain from physical activity. They should also avoid being alone, keep their sleeping area well-ventilated and avoid falling asleep in a hot room.
- Be aware of heat-related illnesses, which may include headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and low pulse rate.
- If you experience a power outage, call LIPA at 1-800-490-0075.
- For energy conservation tips, visit lipower.org.
“Heat and humidity are part of life on Long Island in the summer,” Supervisor Saladino commented. “With some simple planning and good old common sense, though, most heat-related problems can be avoided.”