Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 20, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
*Heat Wave Possible* Bedford Police Offer Safety Tips During Extended Periods of Hot Weather
BEDFORD — With a heat wave possible this week, Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department would like to remind all residents to stay safe, whether you are inside or outside.
A heat wave is typically measured by three or more consecutive days of high heat during the day, generally 90 degrees of higher, which remain hotter than normal at night.
“We ask that residents be vigilant this week as temperatures are predicted to be 90 degrees or higher,” Chief Bongiorno said. “It’s important to monitor outdoor activities and drink plenty of fluids to ensure safety.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 675 Americans die every year due to extreme heat. Exposure to elevated temperatures for long periods of time can cause heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
- Heat Stroke occurs when an individual’s core body temperature rises drastically, generally 103-106 degrees Fahrenheit. A person can lose consciousness as well. This is an EMERGENCY MEDICAL CONDITION. Seek immediate medical attention while taking measures to reduce the person’s body temperature. Do NOT give fluids to a person suffering from heat stroke.
- Heat Exhaustion happens when the body is unable to cool itself efficiently due to overexertion. Warning signs may include paleness, sweating, rapid heart rate, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, as well as dizziness or fainting. Move to a cool location, sip water and loosen any tight clothing to treat symptoms.
- Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluids than you take in, stopping the body’s ability to cool itself by sweating. Vigorous exercise, especially in hot weather, and excessive sweating can lead to dehydration. Drink fluids to re-hydrate. If symptoms are severe, go to the hospital immediately.
- Sunburn is not just redness in the skin. It can result in swelling, blisters, headaches, and fever. Use sunscreen when outdoors, even if you do not plan to be outside for long,
Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable during a heat wave. Over the next several days, stay hydrated by increasing fluid intake, particularly if outside or exercising. Remaining in a cool, indoor environment also allows the body to conserve fluids.
For those who must work or do strenuous activities outside, the Bedford Police Department recommends that residents wait until the coolest parts of the day — early in the morning or later at night.
If you see someone who is suffering from a heat-related issue, please call 911.