For Immediate Release: 8/3/2022 11:39 am
Where to Say Cool
Worcester’s municipal pool, beaches, and spray parks are open to the public every day from 12 – 7 p.m. A full list of open locations can be found at www.worcesterma.gov/parks/activities/beaches-pools-spray-parks.
Residents are also encouraged to stay cool by visiting any of the Worcester Public Library’s seven branches throughout the city. Their hours can be found at Public Library | City of Worcester, MA (worcesterma.gov)
The Worcester Senior Center, which is air conditioned, also has regular hours which can be seen at Worcester Senior Center | City of Worcester, MA (worcesterma.gov)
City officials remind residents that prolonged exposure to high temperatures and humidity impact the body’s natural cooling systems and can lead to elevated body temperature and risk of illness. The elderly, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk. However, any individual can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. Summertime activity must be balanced with measures that aid the body’s cooling mechanisms and prevent heat-related illness.
The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke (sun stroke), heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash, and residents are advised to take the following precautions to stay safe:
What to Do in Case of Heat Stroke or Heat Exhaustion
Heat stroke, which occurs when the body cannot control its temperature, may result in disability or death if emergency treatment is not given. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses a large amount of water and salt contained in sweat.
Warning signs of heat stroke vary, but may include:
If you suspect you or someone else is suffering from heat stroke, immediately dial 9-1-1 or get the individual to a hospital. Use any available means to cool down the body, but do not give the person anything to drink.
Warning signs of heat exhaustion vary, but may include:
If you notice signs of heat exhaustion, get the affected individual to a cooler location immediately, cool down by taking sips of water or a sports drink, and seek medical assistance if symptoms persist.