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Posted on: June 7, 2021

Mayor Opens Cooling Center during Heat Emergency

Malden Cooling Center

Mayor Gary Christenson has declared a heat emergency in the City of Malden beginning today – Monday, June 7th and lasting through tomorrow, Tuesday June 8th as temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s with high humidity. To help residents stay cool, a cooling center will be open at the Malden Senior Center from 10 AM to 6 PM today and tomorrow. Water will be provided at the Senior Center. If you need transportation to the Center, please contact 781-397-7000 Ext. 0.

How to stay safe

  • Children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles, even for short periods of time.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids regardless of activity level. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.
  • Keep cool with frequent cool showers, shade, and air conditioning or fans. 
  • Adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-30 or higher and wear protective, loose-fitting clothing, including long sleeve shirts and hats.
  • Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas and be extra cautious from 11 AM to 3 PM, when the sun's UV radiation is strongest.
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion. Heavy sweating, cool and clammy skin, dizziness, nausea, and muscle aches could all be signs of heat exhaustion. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately. Do not delay care. Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. and can exacerbate underlying illnesses.
  • 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.
  • Please call or virtually check on neighbors, especially older adults, and people with disabilities.
  • If you see individuals out in the heat who appear immobile or disoriented, please call 911. Please ask them if they need assistance.

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 Malden, including fire pits, chimineas, 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.

 For more information or if you have any questions, please call 781-397-7000 or email info@cityofmalden.org

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