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Stay Safe During the Heat Emergency in Boston: Tips for Seniors, Caregivers, and Neighbors

By July 26, 2023May 29th, 2024No Comments

The City of Boston has declared a heat emergency from Thursday, July 27 through Friday, July 28, in response to the upcoming weather forecasts. We want to ensure that everyone stays safe during this hot and potentially dangerous weather.

The temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s with a heat index in the mid-90s to 100 degrees. Additionally, the city is issuing a heat advisory from Wednesday through Saturday, encouraging all residents to take necessary precautions.

  1. Hydration is Key: High temperatures can lead to heat-induced illnesses, causing confusion or even loss of consciousness. It is crucial to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water is the best option, and avoid excessive consumption of sugary or alcoholic beverages.
  2. Dress Smart: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing to help your body regulate its temperature. Opt for breathable fabrics that allow air circulation and avoid dark-colored clothing that can absorb heat.
  3. Limit Outdoor Activities: During peak hours when the sun is at its strongest (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), try to stay indoors and limit outdoor physical activities. If you must go outside, find shaded areas and take frequent breaks to cool down.
  4. Checking on Seniors: For our senior community members who are 65 years of age or older, it’s essential to have someone checking on you during the heatwave. If you have a friend or relative, ask them to call and check in on you regularly. For neighbors, especially those who live alone or lack air conditioning, reach out to them at least twice a day. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, such as dizziness, nausea, rapid pulse, or extreme fatigue.
  5. Special Considerations for Older Adults: Seniors are more vulnerable to sudden changes in temperature and are at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses. Many may have chronic medical conditions that impact their body’s ability to cope with heat. Certain prescription medications can also affect their ability to regulate body temperature. Therefore, it’s crucial for seniors to take extra precautions during this heat emergency.
  6. Utilize Cooling Centers: The city has set up cooling centers at 15 Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers on Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These centers provide a safe and air-conditioned space for anyone seeking relief from the heat. For more information or assistance, please call 311 or visit

Let’s all come together as a community and look out for one another during this heat emergency. By following these tips and staying informed, we can ensure the safety and well-being of our seniors, caregivers, and neighbors.

Stay safe and stay cool!