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Westport Opens Cooling Centers To Combat Weekend's Heat

The Westport Center for Senior Activities has been designated as s "cooling center" for local residents during the weekend heatwave.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities has been designated as s "cooling center" for local residents during the weekend heatwave. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Town of Westport has a number of ways for local residents to find relief from the summer heat this weekend.

Human Services Director Sarah Heath has announced that the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., will be open to the public as an officially designated “cooling center” on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the center at 203-341-5099.

In addition, the air-conditioned Westport Public Library welcomes visitors Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Town officials remind the public that heatwaves are particularly dangerous for children, seniors and people with special needs.

Residents are asked to check on their neighbors and offer them assistance.

Heat-related illnesses can become medical emergencies; call 911, especially in the case of heat stroke.

Officials recommend staying out of the sun in these conditions.

When in the sun, wear sunscreen – at least SPF 15 – along with lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible to prevent sunburn.

Give your body a chance to adjust to extreme temperature changes, and drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.

Use shades or awnings. Consider going to public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls.

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

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