BEDFORD, N.H. — Chief John J. Bryfonski announces that the Bedford Safety Complex will open its doors to members of the community seeking a break from expected heat this weekend.
Temperatures are expected to be above 90 degrees — at times approaching 100 degrees — from Friday through Sunday. To provide residents with shelter from the heat, the Bedford Safety Complex, 55 Constitution Drive, will be available as a cooling and water station 24 hours a day on July 19-21.
The Bedford Public Library will also be available as a cooling station during its regular hours on Friday and Saturday, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., respectively.
“Heat like what’s forecast for this weekend can be extremely exhausting and dangerous, especially for those who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses,” Chief Bryfonski said. “I encourage anyone who needs relief from the heat to come inside of the safety complex or the library and take a break for as long as they need.”
To prevent illness and injuries, the Bedford Police Department recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and National Safety Council:
Heat Safety Tips:
- Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70 degree day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, like water.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is typically around 3 p.m.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities if the temperature is too hot.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
- Learn to recognize and treat heat illnesses.
Tips for Parents:
- Limit playtime at peak sun exposure time and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illnesses.
- Avoid burns. If playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.