Due to the forecast for high temperatures this week, the Robb Center, 30 Whittier Court, will be open with extended hours to anyone looking to seek relief from the high temperatures and humidity through the weekend.
The Robb Center will be open as a cooling center during the following hours:
Thursday, July 21st – 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, July 22nd – 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 23rd – Noon to 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 24th – Noon to 7:00 PM
In addition to the Robb Center, relief from the heat can be found in the following Andover locations:
Memorial Hall Library is open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.
Pomps Pond (147 Abbot Street) is open Monday – Friday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The daily rate for Andover residents at Pomps Pond is $5 per person Monday through Friday and $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday.
Extreme Heat Safety Tips
Types and Signs of Heat Related Illnesses
During extreme heat, people are susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Learn how to recognize and respond to them:
Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms caused by heavy sweating.
Symptoms: Muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen
Treatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Give the person water or fluids with electrolytes help them rehydrate.
Heat exhaustion typically occurs when people overexert themselves in a warm, humid place, and often affects those doing strenuous work in hot weather. Body fluids are lost through heavy sweating and blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to vital organs to decrease. This results in a form of mild shock.
Symptoms: Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, nausea, dizziness, headache, weakness, and/or exhaustion
Treatment: Get the person to rest in a comfortable position in a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give them half a glass of cool water or fluids with electrolytes every 15 minutes, making sure the person drinks slowly. Watch the person carefully for changes in his or her condition and call 9-1-1 if it doesn’t improve.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat emergency and is life-threatening. Heat stroke develops when systems in the body begin to stop functioning due to extreme heat. Heat stroke may cause brain damage or death if the body is not cooled quickly.
Symptoms: Extremely high body temperature, hot and red skin (dry or moist), loss of consciousness, changes in level of responsiveness rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, vomiting, confusion, and/or seizures
Treatment: A person suffering from heat stroke needs immediate assistance. Call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place. Immerse the individual in a cool bath, wrap in cold wet sheets, or cover the person in bags of ice.
For more information on heat-related illnesses and graphics, see https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html