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Posted on: July 12, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Community Centers, libraries available to keep cool during continuing heat wave

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July 12, 2017 - The National Weather Service in Wakefield has extended a heat advisory in the area until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, and  Hampton officials are encouraging residents to stay cool and safe. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. To combat the heat, representatives from Social Services and the Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions were out Wednesday providing water to the homeless.

Hui-Shan Walker, coordinator of the city's Office of Emergency Management, said residents can take advantage of air-conditioned libraries and community centers in the city, especially during the hottest part of the day. Once people make sure that they are safe and cool, they're encouraged to check on their neighbors, the elderly, and their pets. 

Dr. S. William Berg, director of the Hampton Health Department, noted in an online chat this week that "keeping well hydrated is very important to preventing heat injuries. Also, avoid activities during the middle of the day - from about 10 a.m-4 p.m. - when the heat is at its worst." Berg also said, "if you feel you are getting overheated - light headed, shaky, cramps - stop what you are doing and get into a cool area."

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. 

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