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Posted on: July 18, 2019

County Urges Individuals to Take Precautions during Extreme Heat

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MAYVILLE, N.Y.: – For the next few days, Chautauqua County will be in the grips of extreme heat - summertime temperatures that are much hotter than average and high humidity levels.  Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, over 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. 

“In the coming days we will see the highest temperatures so far this year here in Chautauqua County,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “Please be aware of the impact this heat and humidity can have on you, your loved ones and your pets.”

 “It is critically important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses,” said Christine Schuyler, County Director of Health and Human Services. “Infants, children, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure are especially at risk of heat-related illnesses and death.” 


Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.  Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.



•    High body temperature (103°F or higher)

•    Hot, red, dry, or damp skin

•    Fast, strong pulse

•    Headache

•    Dizziness

•    Nausea

•    Confusion

•    Losing consciousness (passing out)    


•    Call 911 right away-heat stroke is a medical emergency

•    Move the person to a cooler place

•    Help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath

•    Do not give the person anything to drink



•    Heavy sweating

•    Cold, pale, and clammy skin

•    Fast, weak pulse

•    Nausea or vomiting

•    Muscle cramps

•    Tiredness or weakness

•    Dizziness

•    Headache

•    Fainting (passing out)    


•    Move to a cool place

•    Loosen your clothes

•    Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a cool bath

•    Sip water

Get medical help right away if:

•    You are throwing up

•    Your symptoms get worse

•    Your symptoms last longer than 1 hour



•    Heavy sweating during intense exercise

•    Muscle pain or spasms    


•    Stop physical activity and move to a cool place

•    Drink water or a sports drink

•    Wait for cramps to go away before you do any more physical activity

Get medical help right away if:

•    Cramps last longer than 1 hour

•    You’re on a low-sodium diet

•    You have heart problems



•    Painful, red, and warm skin

•    Blisters on the skin    


•    Stay out of the sun until your sunburn heals

•    Put cool cloths on sunburned areas or take a cool bath

•    Put moisturizing lotion or aloe on sunburned areas

•    Do not break blisters



•    Red clusters of small blisters that look like pimples on the skin (usually on the neck, chest, groin, or in elbow creases)    


•    Stay in a cool, dry place

•    Keep the rash dry

•    Use powder (like baby powder) to soothe the rash


•    Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

•    Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall/store or a public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.  Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.

There are 16 cooling centers available in Chautauqua County. They include:



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Ahira Hall Memorial Library

37 W Main St., Brocton, NY 14716


M & W: 1P-8P, Tu & Thu: 10A-5P,F: 1P-5P, Sa: 10A-1P

Anderson-Lee Library

43 Main St., Silver Creek, NY 14136


M & Tu: 12 P-8P, W: Closed, Thu: 10A-8P, F: 12P-5P, Sa: 10AP

Ashville Free Library

2200 N Maple Ave., Ashville, NY 14710


M - F: 9:30A-5P & 6:30P-8:30P, Sa: 10A-1P

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc

10825 Bennett Rd., Dunkirk, NY 14048


M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc

402 Chandler St., Jamestown, NY 14701


M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Darwin R. Barker Library Assoc.

7 Day St, Fredonia, NY 14063


M - Th: 10A-8P, F & Sa: 10A-5P

Chautauqua County Health and Human Services

319 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048


M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Chautauqua County Health and Human Services

110 East 4th St., Jamestown, NY 14701


M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Chautauqua County Health and Human Services

7 N. Erie St., Mayville, NY 14757


M -F: 8:30A-4:30P

Dunkirk Public Library

536 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048


M - Th: 10A-8P, F & Sa: 10A-5P

Ellington-Farman Free Library

760 Thornton Rd., Ellington, NY 14732


M - Th: 11A-7P, Sa: 10A-1P

Fluvanna Free Library

3532 Fluvanna Ave. Ext., Jamestown, NY 14701


M-F: 10A - 6P, Sa: 10A - 2P

Hazeltine Public Library

891 Busti-Sugar Grove Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701


M, W, F: 1P-5P & 6:30P-8:30P,
Tu & Th: 9A-5P, Sa: 9A-1P

James Prendergast Library Assoc.

509 Cherry St.,Jamestown, NY 14701


M - Th: 10A - 8:30P, F: 10A - 5P, Sa: 10A - 4P

Patterson Library

40 South Portage St., Westfield, NY 14787


M, W, F, Sa: 9A-5P, Tu & Thu: 9A-8P

Sinclairville Free Library

15 Main St, Sinclairville, NY 14782


M  & Th: 2P-7P, W: 9A-5P, F: 10A-4P, Sa: 10A-1P

•   Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover.

•    Pace Yourself: Cut down on exercise during the heat. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

•    Wear Sunscreen: Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.

•    Do Not Leave Children or Pets in Cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. 


•    Drink Plenty of Fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. If your doctor limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

•    Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks - these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. 

•    Replace Salt and Minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.  If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.

•    Keep Your Pets Hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets and leave it in a shady area.

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