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    July 18, 2019
    The City of Holyoke is reminding residents to take proper precautions during the upcoming heatwave forecast Friday through Sunday.
    Information regarding heat safety can be found online on www.holyoke.org as well as the City of Holyoke’s official Social Media Pages.
    Please note that residents can sign up for Holyoke’s Emergency Notification System, to receive alerts by phone, email or text. 
    Sign up online: https://www.holyoke.org/services/receive-emergency-notifications.
    Below is a list of places to get cool in the City of Holyoke:
    Holyoke Public Library
    Open Friday, July 19th from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Open Saturday, July 20th  from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Closed Sunday, June 21st
    Holyoke Community College Library
    Open Friday, July 19th from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Closed Saturday, June 20th
    Closed Sunday, June 21st
    Holyoke Mall
    Open Friday, July 19th from 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
    Open Saturday, July 20th from 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
    Open Sunday, July 21st from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Holyoke Council on Aging
    Open Friday, July 19th from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Closed Saturday, July 20th
    Closed Sunday, July 21st
    Outdoor Locations
    Jones Ferry River Access Center
    25 Jones Ferry Road off Main Street
    Please note:
    Shady, Cool, riverfront location 
    OK Canoeing & Kayaking
    Mt. Tom State Reservation
    125 Reservation Road
    Please note:
    Shady, cool forested, pond 
    City Park With Spray Pads
    9:00 AM – 7:00 PM on timers
    Carlos Vega Park - Hamilton Street 
    Pulaski Park - Off St. Colby Drive 
    Community Field - Community Field Road
    Springdale Park - 844 Main Street 
    South Chestnut Street park - Corner of Sargeant and Chestnut Streets 
    Pina Park - Corner of East Dwight and Center Streets
    Holyoke Heritage State Park - 221 Appleton Street 
    Heat Safety:
    •Adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-15 or higher and wear protective, loose-fitting clothing, including long-sleeve shirts and hats.
    •The elderly, young children and those with chronic medical conditions are more susceptible to the effects of heat.
    •Always check in on family or neighbors who may be at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke as temperatures climb.
    •Children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles, even for short periods of times.
    •If you become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint, stop all activity and immediately find shade or a cool area to rest. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately.
    •Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas and be extra cautious from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the sun's UV radiation is strongest.
    •Drink plenty of fluids regardless of activity level. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. 
    •Homeless individuals can become dehydrated rapidly due to a lack of access to water or shelter from the heat. If you observe someone who appears in distress, call 911 immediately.
    •If you have a child in your home, use child window guards in addition to screens on any open window on the second story or above. Falls are the leading cause of injury for children under the age of six.
    •Secure all window air conditioner units according to the manufacturer's specifications. 
    Playground Safety:
    Children should always wear shoes on playgrounds because surfaces can become extremely hot and cause burns, even splash pads, and spray decks. 
    Outdoor Fires and Grilling:
    • No outdoor fires are allowed in Holyoke, including fire pits, chimeneas, and bonfires.
    •Charcoal grills must be on the ground and away from buildings. Keep in mind the wind and never leave unattended. When done, dispose of the ash in a metal container once completely out.
    •Propane tank grills are only allowed on first floor porches with steps to the ground. Do not place propane tank grills near air conditioners or up against a building. Make sure all connections are tight and never carry propane tanks into a home.
    •Grills should always be used in a well-ventilated area.
    Mosquitoes and Ticks:
    If you are in a grassy or wooded area, apply a DEET containing repellent that will protect against mosquitoes AND ticks. Always check yourself, children and pets for ticks after returning indoors and remove attached ticks immediately using tweezers. Mosquito bites can spread West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), while attached ticks can spread Lyme disease.
    Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants and socks to prevent mosquito bites. Limit your time outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and apply an approved mosquito repellent.