NYC residents use 'cool streets' as temperatures rise

New York City residents are taking advantage of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Cool Streets Program this weekend as a possible heat wave looms.

News 12 Staff

Jul 18, 2020, 2:33 PM

Updated 1,410 days ago

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New York City residents are taking advantage of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Cool Streets Program this weekend as a possible heat wave looms.
The new program offers different ways for residents to cool off. In Mott Haven, there is a tree that offers shade and a hydrant cap for people to cool down.
The neighborhoods that have "cool streets" were chosen based off of their heat vulnerability, or the communities that need the most resources on hot summer days.
De Blasio says that keeping cool is an important part of people's physical and mental health.
There are already 950 cooling elements across the city and 250 more are being added this year.
Health officials are urging New York residents to stay safe this weekend as temperatures are expected to be in the 90s.
They say people should look out for headaches, light headedness, muscle cramps and nausea if they have been out in the heat for a while. Individuals should call 911 right away if they or someone they know is showing any of those signs.
New York state is also urging residents to conserve energy during the hot weather by closing curtains, windows and doors to reduce heat build up. They are advise turning off air conditioners, lights and other appliance when not at home, using a timer to turn on the air conditioner about 30 minutes before arriving home, setting the air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher and using washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and ovens early in the morning or late at night.
Con Edison also is reminding New York residents that heat waves can lead to power outages and that you can them a call to report an outage.
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