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Raimondo Urges Rhode Islanders to Use Caution During Extreme Heat

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, along with the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and Department of Health (DOH) urges Rhode Islanders to use caution, stay cool, and check on elderly neighbors during periods of extreme heat.

In the wake of the weekend temperatures reaching above 90 degrees, temperatures also reached 90 degrees this afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, when the outside temperature reaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above for three or more days, it is a heat wave.

"During periods of extreme heat, I urge Rhode Islanders to stay cool and hydrated," said Raimondo. "Extreme heat can pose numerous threats, especially towards older adults, young children, and those with chronic health conditions. Check on your family, friends, and neighbors and make sure they are taking the proper precautions to stay cool."

Some Rhode Island communities have public cooling centers available for those who need to temporarily escape from the heat. For a list of cooling centers near you, visit the RIEMA website at www.riema.ri.gov/coolingcenters/ for an up-to-date list, or contact your local municipalities for more information.

Citizens can beat the heat and stay safe by following these safety tips:

- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of cool water throughout the day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

- If you must be outside, wear a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.

- Avoid direct sunlight. Seek shade or air conditioned buildings (i.e. libraries, malls, cooling centers, etc.) to keep cool.

- Avoid strenuous outdoor physical activities. If you must exercise or work outdoors, do so in the morning when temperatures are potentially cooler.

- Do not leave children or pets in the car. It takes only minutes for the temperature inside the car to reach deadly levels.

- Conserve energy by keeping the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid rolling blackouts.

- Call and check on friends, family, and neighbors, especially the elderly, and those with young children or people with chronic health conditions.

- Anyone showing signs of heat stroke (altered mental state, not sweating, nausea) should seek medical attention immediately.

Rhode Islanders can also help contribute to lower ground level ozone levels and cleaner air, which can reach unhealthy levels during periods of extreme heat, by doing the following:

- Limit driving by avoiding unnecessary car trips. Carpool or ride the bus whenever possible.

- Drive your lowest emission, most fuel efficient vehicle,usually your newest car whenever possible.

- Minimize lawn mower emissions. Tune-up your lawn mower and use electric or hand-powered equipment if possible.

- Limit use of solvent-based household products. Use water-based or low solvent paints, varnishes, cleaners, and personal care products.

- Limit barbecue emissions. Use an electric starter instead of lighter fluid to start charcoal fires, or use an electric, natural gas, or propane grill.

For additional questions please contact RIEMA at (401) 946-9996.