It's officially summer and the Department of Public Affairs and Safety would like to remind all city residents that extreme heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. People who are at greater risk from the effects of heat include children and senior citizens. Here are a few tips for keeping safe in extreme heat:
- Do NOT leave children unsupervised in parked cars.
- Stay informed. Listen to local news and weather channels for health, safety and weather-related updates.
- Wear appropriate (light) clothing and use sunscreen.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Seek shelter in cool areas. The Plainfield YMCA has been designated as a local cooling station.
Residents are also reminded to give extra care to our pets. When the temperature is high, please don't let your pets linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. A light weight summer hair cut along with a supply of fresh water will help keep your pets cool. Please keep them indoors as much as possible.
The National Weather Service issues alerts for excessive heat on a county-by-county basis. The City of Plainfield will also issue alerts when additional cooling stations are available.