FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 19 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Randolph to Open Cooling Centers During Heat Wave
RANDOLPH – Town Manager Brian Howard and Fire Chief Richard Donovan would like to notify Randolph residents that the town will be opening a cooling center today and throughout the weekend as temperatures are expected reach into the 90s over the next few days.
“Residents may want to limit their time outdoors this weekend with temperatures expected to be in the high-90s,” Chief Donovan said. “If you must go outside for a prolonged period of time, be sure to stay hydrated and don’t push yourself if you start having symptoms of heat illness, such as cramping, nausea and dizziness.”
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Easton region starting at noon today and going until 8 p.m. Sunday.
Cooling Center/Community Pool Information:
The cooling centers will serve as facilities for residents to go for temporary relief from the heat. Please note that the site is not intended to be utilized as a shelter, as there will be no sleeping accommodations provided.
Randolph Intergenerational Community Center (RICC) – Check in at front desk
128 Pleasant St.
Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday – 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) volunteers will be on site Saturday from 1-5 p.m. to answer any questions about heat related illness.
Sunday – 12-5 p.m.
In addition, the Outdoor Splash Pad at the RICC will be operating each day.
Turner Free Library
2 North Main St.
Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Community Swimming Pool
Randolph High School, 70 Memorial Parkway
Saturday – 1-3 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
No charge for Randolph residents
In addition to the cooling centers and swimming pool, to prevent illness and injuries, the Randolph Fire Department recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and National Safety Council:
Heat Safety Tips:
- Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70 degree day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, like water.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is typically around 3 p.m.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities if the temperature is too hot.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
- Learn to recognize and treat heat illnesses.
Tips for Parents:
- Limit playtime at peak sun exposure time and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illnesses.
- Avoid burns. If playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.