Weather forecasts are expecting Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday –– July 16, 17, and 18 –– to be days of extreme heat and humidity in the Northeast. As a result, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has announced that the City of Danbury is opening a cooling center beginning on Tuesday, July 16 from noon to 4pm.
The cooling site will be an air conditioned Hart Bus located in front of 198 Main Street, outside the Ives Manor.
Pedestrians or residents who do not have access to cooling systems or who are without power are welcome to use the cooling site.
The cooling site is expected to be open at the same location from noon to 4pm on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18.
Mayor Boughton and the City of Danbury’s Health and Human Services Department offer the following tips to prevent citizens from becoming victims of the heat:
-Drink plenty of water
-Avoid strenuous activities
-Take frequent rests by cooling down in an air conditioned area or near a fan
-Wear light, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
-Avoid alcohol and caffeine
-Eat lightly throughout the day
-Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or long periods in the sun (especially between the hours of 12 noon and 4pm)
-Call 911 at the first signs of heat-related illness
Heat-related illness often includes symptoms such as:
-Dry, red-spotted skin
-Body temperature at or above 105 degrees F