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Department of Health and Division of Elderly Affairs Issue Heat Advisory

The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA) are issuing a joint heat advisory to remind people of precautions to take in extreme heat. High temperatures are predicted through the weekend, so it is especially important that all Rhode Islanders take the following precautions:

· Stay out of the direct sun. Seek shaded or air conditioned areas such as libraries or malls. A regularly updated list of cooling centers is available at http://www.health.ri.gov/seasonal/summer/coolingcenters/index.php or by calling 222-5960/RI Relay 711, 462-3000, or 462-4444. · Whenever possible, schedule outdoor events (public gatherings, sporting events) early in the morning when it’s cooler and the air quality is better. · Drink plenty of fluids. (Avoid alcohol and caffeine.) · Wear light-colored, light-weight clothing. Use hats with brims and sunscreen for more protection. · Elderly, small children and people with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable to the heat. Call and check on friends, family and neighbors. · Anyone showing signs of heat stroke (altered mental state, not sweating, nausea) should seek medical attention immediately.

“It is important that we all use caution and common sense during extreme heat,” said Director of Health Michael Fine. “As a community we need to be particularly aware of those who are most at risk.”

“We want to ensure that all elders are safe in their community during this period of extreme heat,” said Director of Elderly Affairs Catherine Taylor. “Anyone who has elderly friends, family or neighbors should make a plan to call and check in with them on a regular basis throughout the week.”

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 07-19-2011

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