City Life Org – NYC Emergency Management and the Health Department are advising New Yorkers to brave the heat

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Heat Warning in effect for New York City from Thursday, August 4, 11:00 am to Friday, August 5, 8:00 pm

Refrigeration centers will be open. To find your nearest location including hours of operation, call 311 or visit the City’s Cooling Center Finder

The Cooling Center Finder will be activated on Wednesday, August 3rd at 21:00

The New York Emergency Management and Health Department today advised New Yorkers to take precautions to brave the heat. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for New York City from 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 4 through 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 5. Thursday is forecast for high heat and humidity with heat index readings in the mid-90s to the low 100s. Heat indices in the mid to upper 90s are also expected on Friday.

“Dangerous heat and high humidity are returning to New York City this week, and we encourage New Yorkers to take precautions to avoid exposing themselves to the extreme conditions,” he said Zach Iscol, the New York City Emergency Management Officer. “Remember to stay hydrated and when venturing outdoors avoid strenuous activity and wear light clothing.”

New York City opens cooling centers when the heat index is forecast to be 95 degrees or greater for two or more consecutive days, or when the heat index is forecast to be 100 degrees or greater for any period. Refrigeration centers located at older adult center locations will be reserved for older New Yorkers age 60 and older. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people are being reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or showing any symptoms of COVID-19. To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities near you, call 311 (212-639-9675) for Video Relay Service or TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at /beattheheat.

New Yorkers can now also find refrigeration centers that welcome pets in all five boroughs. The city has also partnered with Petco to provide additional spaces for New Yorkers and their pets to recover from the heat. All locations can be found in the City’s Cooling Center Finder, which activates at 21:00 on Wednesday, August 3rd. As a reminder, companion and service animals are always allowed in refrigerated centers.

“We urge all New Yorkers to take care of themselves and others during this heat, which is not only uncomfortable but can also be dangerous,” he said Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. “The best way to stay cool is to stay in air-conditioned spaces, like a home or a city cooling center. Wear light clothing, stay hydrated, and check on your friends, family, and neighbors who may be at risk for heat-related illnesses, particularly older adults and those with limited mobility. Taking a few simple precautions can mean the difference between safety and medical attention in this hot weather.”

In New York City, most heat-related deaths occur after exposure to heat in homes without air conditioning. Air conditioning is the best way to stay safe and healthy when it’s hot outside, but some people at risk of heat illness don’t have air conditioning or turn it on. The New York City Emergency Management Department and Health Department are urging New Yorkers to take steps to protect themselves and help others who may be at increased risk from the heat. For more information, including heat-related health tips and heat illness warning signs, visit or

New York City’s outdoor pools are open during the summer. Standard pool protocols apply – bring a bathing suit, towel and lock to secure your belongings. Pool hours are 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, seven days a week. Visit for more information.

For a citywide map of outdoor cooling options (including spray showers, drinking fountains, and more), visit Cool It! New York.

In extreme heat, the Department of Social Services (DSS) issues a Code Red Alert. Shelter will be available to all homeless people during Code Reds, where those suffering from heat-related ailments will also have access to a designated chilling area. DSS staff and the agency’s contracted non-profit advisory teams working 24/7 to deal with the homeless are redoubling their efforts during extreme heat, with a focus on providing services and shelters to at-risk New Yorkers experiencing vulnerable homelessness connect to.


  • Go to an air-conditioned place, even if only for a few hours.
  • Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, especially during peak sun hours: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you must engage in strenuous activity, do it during the coolest time of the day, which is usually between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. in the morning case is
  • Remember: Drink water, rest, and seek shade when working outdoors or when your job is strenuous. Drink water every 15 minutes even if you’re not thirsty, rest in the shade, and be mindful of others on your team. Your employer is required to provide water, rest and shade when working in extreme heat.
  • Wear light, light-colored clothing when indoors without air conditioning or outdoors.
  • Drink fluids, especially water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Your body needs water to stay cool. Those on a fluid-restricted diet or taking diuretics should speak to their doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider first. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Eat small meals frequently.
  • Cool off with a cool bath or shower.
  • Participate in activities that keep you cool, such as going to the movies, walking in an air-conditioned mall, or swimming at a pool or beach.
  • Make sure that doors and windows are fitted with tightly closing fly screens and window grilles in apartments where children live. Air conditioners in buildings higher than six floors must be installed with brackets so that they are secured and do not fall onto anyone below.
  • Never leave your children or pets in the vehicle, even for a few minutes.


Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know has:

  • Hot dry skin.
  • difficulty breathing.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Confusion, disorientation or dizziness.
  • nausea and vomiting.

If you or someone you know is feeling weak or faint, go to a cool place and drink water. If there is no improvement, call a doctor or 911.


  • Avoid Dehydration: Pets can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water.
  • Walk your dog in the morning and evening: do not let your dog linger on hot asphalt when the temperature is very high. Your pet’s body can get hot quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn.
  • Know when your pet is in danger: Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and breathing rates, drooling, mild weakness, unresponsiveness, or even collapse.


Improper opening of fire hydrants wastes 1,000 gallons of water per minute, causing flooding on city streets and reducing water pressure to dangerous levels, affecting firefighters’ ability to fight fires safely and quickly.

Use “spray caps” to reduce hydrant output to a safe 25 gallons per minute while relieving the heat. To obtain a spray cap, an adult 18 years and older with proper identification can go to their local fire department and request one.


During times of high power consumption, such as B. On hot, humid days, it is important to save as much energy as possible to avoid brownouts and other electrical interruptions. While reducing your electricity use may seem impractical, doing your part will help ensure utilities can provide uninterrupted power to you and your neighbors, especially those who use electrically powered medical equipment or are at risk of heat-related illness and death:

  • Set your air conditioner to 78°F or “low.”
  • Run appliances like ovens, washers, dryers, and dishwashers early in the morning or late at night when it’s cooler outside to reduce heat and humidity in your home.
  • Close the doors to keep cool air in and hot air out when the air conditioning is on.
  • Keep blinds, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows.
  • Turn off air conditioners, lights, and other devices when you’re not home, and use a timer or smart technology to turn your air conditioner on about half an hour before you arrive. Keep the air conditioner filters clean.
  • If you run a business, keep your door closed while the air conditioning is on.
  • Let your utility company know if you or someone you know is dependent on medical equipment that requires power.

Visit for more information. New Yorkers are also encouraged to stay informed by subscribing to Notify NYC, the city’s free emergency communications program, to receive free emergency alerts and updates in your preferred language and format by visiting and call 311 (212-639-). 9675 for Video Relay Service or TTY: 212-504-4115), follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter, or get the free Notify NYC mobile application for your Apple or Android device.

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