You don’t have to be a cheesy comic book villain with an ice gun to stay cool this summer!

(Editor’s Note: This post was first published back in July 2018; updated on 8/6/18 in response to the National Weather Service’s official Heat Advisory for 8/5–8/7)

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 loved ones and for our electric bills.

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.

Now that City temperatures are creeping 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Keep Your Pets Cool During Summer Heatwaves!

Summer can be pretty ruff on pets like dogs and cats; make sure you keep your furbabies hydrated and out of the extreme heat!

  • 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.

Nothing Like a Fan and a Good Book to Cool You Down This Summer

While kids are cooling off indoors, have them read through some of the books on our Summer Reading list!

  • 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!

Fire Hydrants Have Been Cooling Down New Yorkers for Generations

Did you know that you could have your local fire hydrant outfitted with a spray cap? Stop by your local firehouse and ask to have a hydrant opened and fitted with a spray cap for recreational use!







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