As temperatures rise this summer, City officials urge residents to protect themselves from extreme heat and recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. During heat waves, take precautions such as spending time each day in air conditioned places and checking on neighbors, the elderly, and disabled individuals.
Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash. These health effects occur primarily when temperatures are higher than 90°F and relative humidity is 60% or higher. Anyone can suffer from these illnesses, but some people are at higher risk, including the elderly; infants; persons with impaired mobility, psychological illnesses, alcoholism, or chronic diseases; and/or those taking diuretics, antipsychotic drugs, and anticholinergic drugs (muscle relaxants).
For more information, call the City of Norwalk’s customer service information line (203) 854-3200 or visit these online resources: