Manchester Police offer conference room as cooling station

The NWS Twitter account left a thermometer inside their car today to show how hot it can be in the sun. The mid-afternoon temperature read 132 degrees.

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MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA – As temperatures are expected to soar through Wednesday, Police Chief Todd Fitzgerald opened the doors to the station’s conference room.

A heat advisory remains in effect at the regional level until Wednesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. Temperatures in Manchester-by-the-Sea could reach 90 degrees today, 93 degrees tomorrow and 87 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department conference room at 10 Central St. will be permanently open to the public as a cooling station today, Tuesday and Wednesday.

A cooling station is also available in room 5 on the second floor of the town hall, next to the police station, during opening hours from 8 a.m. at four o’clock

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The Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department also recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council:

Thermal safety tips:

  • Hot cars can be fatal. Never leave children or animals in your vehicle. The temperature inside the car can quickly rise to over 100 degrees, even on a 70-degree day.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water.
  • Find out about family, friends and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • If someone does not have air conditioning, they have to seek relief from the heat during the hottest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • Wear loose, light, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors as they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors, and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is usually around 3 p.m.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities if the temperature is too high.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Take frequent breaks if you are working outdoors.
  • Check animals frequently to make sure they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water.
  • Additional tips for parents:
    • Limit play time during peak hours of sun exposure and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat-related illnesses.
  • Avoid burns. If the playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.

To learn more about summer safety, visit the National Safety Council’s Summer Safety website here.

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