Weather forecasts for the weekend and Fourth of July week are predicting temperatures that will soar into the 90s with high humidity—creating an extended period of summer heat that can present risks related to prolonged heat exposure, particularly for those who are more sensitive to heat.
“It’s important for everyone to take some common-sense precautions and always check on your senior neighbors who may live alone or others who have health issues affected by the heat, and, of course, young children,” said Mayor Scott Galvin.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency recommends precautions including:
- Drink plenty of water; don’t wait until you are thirsty;
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing;
- Stay out of the sun if possible, and when in the sun, wear a hat, preferable with a wide brim, and use sunscreen;
- Avoid strenuous activities if you are outside or in non-airconditioned buildings. If you are working outdoors, take frequent rest and refreshment breaks in a shaded area;
- Never leave children, elderly people or pets unattended in closed cars or other vehicles; and
- Stay cool indoors—if your home is not air conditioned, visit public facilities such as shopping malls and other air-conditioned areas to stay cool.
Always call the Fire or Police Department if you need assistance. Woburn Police and Fire public safety services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays.
For more heat-related information and tips to beat the heat and stay safe during extreme weather, go to MEMA’s website at www.maa.gov/mema. Stay safe, stay cool and have a great weekend!