As just about every one of NYC’s 1.1 million public school students could tell you, summer is one of the best times of the year.
And when you consider some of the wonderful activities and opportunities available to City residents all season long, it’s little wonder why summer is beloved by New Yorkers of all ages.
However, summer can also be dangerous for our electric bills and for our loved ones.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 600 people die every year from extreme heat. New Yorkers are especially vulnerable to heat-related hazards during the summer months, as the City can be as much as 10 degrees (°F) warmer than its surrounding areas during a typical summer day.
Fortunately, heat-related illnesses and deaths are entirely preventable. With proper preparation, know-how, and information regarding City services, anyone can help their families enjoy the summer season without endangering themselves or their loved ones.
The next time City temperatures creep up into the high 90’s, consider some of the following ways you and your family can #BeatTheHeat this summer!
- Sign up for Notify NYC
Notify NYC is New York City’s official emergency communications program. Register with Notify NYC to receive free emergency alerts and updates about severe weather events, school closures, mass transit disruptions, and other emergency situations via Notify NYC’s official website.
- Stay Out the Sun
If possible, try to stay indoors, but if not, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head. Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
- Wear Lightweight Clothing
When heading outdoors, make sure you wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.
- Drink Plenty of Water
Make sure you and your family stay hydrated whenever you are outdoors during a heat wave.
- Use Air Conditioners and/or Fans in Your Home
If you have an air conditioner, use it. If not, keep your home well-ventilated with open windows and fans. Consider hanging damp towels in front of your windows to cool the hot air flowing into your home.
- Find an NYC Cooling Center
During periods of extreme heat, NYC opens Cooling Centers to all City residents. Cooling Centers are air-conditioned spaces that typically operate during daytime hours and are free and open to the public. Cooling Center locations include senior centers, public libraries, community centers, and other public facilities. To find a location nearest you during a heat wave, check out the City’s Cooling Center Finder.
- Take a Dip in Any of NYC’s Free Outdoor Public Pools
Stop by any of NYC’s free outdoor pools this summer. Pools are open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. from now until Sunday, September 9, 2018. For more information, including pool locations, check out NYC Parks’ “Free Outdoor Pool” webpage.
We hope these suggestions will help keep you and your family cool all summer long. For more tips, check out the City’s “Extreme Heat” webpage.
On behalf of the DOE, we wish you a great summer!