Pittsfield Offers Cooling Centers Through Saturday

Pittsfield, MA (WWLP) – The city of Pittsfield offers cooling centers for people looking for relief from the constant sweltering heat.

The latest heat wave broke high temperature records across the state. A heat alert was issued on Thursday warning that temperatures could rise to 100 degrees.

Cooling centers locations in Pittsfield are:

• Ralph J. Froio Senior Centre, 330 North Street. Open until 4pm on Friday.
• Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, open 9am-5pm on Friday, and 10am-5pm on Saturday.

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The Massachusetts Department of Health has issued a recommendation to limit strenuous outdoor activity and steps to reduce the incidence of heat-related illnesses, including:

• Do not leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
• Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
• Drink plenty of water – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids that are high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.
• Drinking sports drinks can replace the salt and potassium that sweating may lose. warning: If you’re on a low-salt diet, talk to your doctor before consuming a sports drink.
• If you do not have air conditioning, stay in the basement out of sunlight. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using the stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as schools, libraries, theaters, and other community facilities.
• Stay indoors as much as possible and reduce exposure to sunlight.
• Limit outdoor exercise and outdoor work, if possible.
• If you have to go out, try to do so either in the morning or in the evening. While out and about, take frequent breaks and find air-conditioned places or shaded areas where you can rest. This will give your body a chance to recover.
• Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and a hat with holes, such as straw hats.
• Take a cool bath or shower to cool off.
• At the first signs of heat illness, go somewhere cooler and rest.

Pets can also suffer from overheating. Make sure your pets have enough drinking water and don’t leave pets outside for long periods.

Check with family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need extra help, and those who may not have air conditioning.

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