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The top five things you need to know on July 23-24:
1. Keep Hydrated: During times of high heat and humidity it's important to keep yourself hydrated, according to the Nassau County Department of Health. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Gatorade keeps fluids and electrolytes lost through sweating balanced and water, obviously, keeps you hydrated. Drinking alcoholic beverages is not advised. (The health department advises those who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult their physician before increasing their consumption of fluid.)
2. Places to Keep Cool: The Garden City Pool will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for members. Cooling centers across Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead will remain open through Saturday to help residents beat the heat. Click here for a full list.
3. Heat-Related Health Problems: Garden City Police Commissioner Ernest Cipullo advises all residents to take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses and problems. Residents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration and how these health-related issues can be avoided. For a full list of symptoms and prevention tips, click here.
4. Well Check Program: The Garden City Police Department reminds residents that its Well Check Program is available to any senior citizen, a person with a disability or to any person suffering a hardship in the village. Each morning, a person who is placed on the police department's log can call in to check in and let police know if they are okay or in need of assistance. If a person who is on the list does not contact the police department, an attempt will be made to contact that person either by phone and/or in person. Any person who wishes to be placed on the Garden City Police Department's Well Check Log may contact the desk officer at 516-465-4101.
5. Don't Forget About Your Pets: The inside of your car heats up more quickly than you think, to levels that are dangerous for most dogs. Cynthia Iacopella, assistant director of the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, said the town’s animal control officers are prepared to help in any way they can in coordination with police. "Just as you wouldn’t leave a child, you cannot leave a helpless animal unattended in a car under any circumstances, particularly the sweltering heat," she said. Read more here.