Due to the Heat Advisory, the Town of Montague would like to announce a variety of ways to stay safe and cool

The Town of Montague would like to announce a variety of ways to stay safe and cool during the forecasted high temperatures this week. See locations, listed below.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory in effect until 8PM on Wednesday 7/10. It is important to proceed with caution, as heat index values up to 100 will be possible.

LOCATIONS:

Unity Park Splash Pad, First Street, Turners Falls

Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth Street, Turners Falls

Montague Public Libraries - All Montague Public Library locations are air conditioned and will be open on the following days/times this week, listed below. Library staff will provide free bottled water to the public at each library location.

  • Carnegie Public Library, 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls:
    • Tuesday from 10:00AM – 7:00PM
    • Thursday from 10:00AM – 5:00PM
    • Friday from 10:00AM – 5:00PM
    • Saturday from 10:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Millers Falls Library, 23 Bridge Street, Millers Falls
    • Tuesday from 2:00PM - 7:00PM
    • Thursday from 2:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Montague Center Library, 17 Center Street, Montague Center
    • Wednesday from 2:00PM - 7:00PM
    • Friday from 10:00AM - 1:00PM

See website for more info: https://www.montaguepubliclibraries.org/

DCR Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls

  • Tuesday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Wednesday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Thursday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Friday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Sunday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Visit website for more info: https://greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/

Need transportation? All FRTA bus and vans are air conditioned.

Here are some tips to follow during hot, humid weather:

  • Slow down, avoid strenuous activity, and drink plenty of water regularly/often, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Stay cool indoors (in an air-conditioned place) as much as possible.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
  • Take a cool shower or bath to cool off.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals. Avoid high protein foods that increase metabolic rate.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors.

Heat stress is a serious condition that poses a health threat to many people, particularly the elderly and young children. Heat stress places a strain on the body, and if the strain becomes too great, it can cause serious and permanent damage, even death. Preventive measures should be taken to avoid heat stress.

For additional information on warning signs and symptoms of heat related illness visit: https://www.cdc.gov/extreme-heat/signs-symptoms/?CDC_AAref_Val=https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html