State Representative Phil Young (D)
120th Connecticut House District
The summer’s first heat wave is here. The next several days are set to see temperatures in Connecticut reach more than 90 degrees with a heat index of triple digits at times, which has prompted activation of the state’s extreme hot weather protocol starting today and effective through 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 24th.
The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from hot conditions. While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies, municipalities, and other partners to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 to make sure that information regarding cooling centers is available statewide, providing a location to get some relief from the hot conditions.
Anyone in need of a cooling center should call 2-1-1 or look online at 211ct.org to find their nearest location.
There are three cooling centers in Stratford:
Baldwin Center – 1000 W. Broad St.
Stratford Library – 2203 Main Street
Stratford YMCA – 3045 Main Street
Visit the Town of Stratford website for more information, including hours of operation for each location.
Heat-related illness can affect anyone, though some people are at greater risk than others, including infants and young children, people 65 years of age or older, those who are overweight and anyone who overexerts during work or exercise or is physically ill with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.
Here are some additional tips to stay safe in extreme heat.
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