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Posted on July 25, 2023
Temperatures over the next several days are expected to be very hot and humid. Governor Lamont is directing Connecticut’s extreme hot weather protocol to be activated and in effect through 8am on Sunday, July 30.
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.
Cooling centers are opening statewide. Anyone in need of a place to get out of the heat can locate their nearest cooling center by calling 2-1-1 or viewing the list online at 211ct.org.
Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Some prevention tips to stay safe in extreme heat include:
Pets that cannot be brought indoors should be provided ready access to water and shade to keep them cool.
With hot temperatures here for the summer it’s important to be prepared, and that includes making sure your pets are safe, too. The American Red Cross has the following tips on keeping pets safe, but essentially treat your pets the same as you treat yourself:
Heat stroke is a common problem for pets in the warmer weather. Dogs with short noses or snouts, like the boxer or bulldog, are especially prone to heat stroke, along with overweight pets, those with extremely thick fur coat or any pet with upper respiratory problems.
Some plants in your garden can be hazardous to animals. Visit the Animal Poison Control Center to find out which plants and flowers are poisonous to animals.