[Update] 2:30 p.m.
Construction workers spent the afternoon working on the . However, the men took extra precautions to stay safe and cool during the heat wave.
"Over the years of working out here in the field and our experience, we know we have to stay hydrated," Pace Construction Corporation President Chez Pace said. He added that he had just completed a run to the store to get his workers some Gatorades.
As of 2 p.m., there were no visitors inside the cooling center. However, it will remain available until 4 p.m. for any residents interested.
The staff of has noticed a "steady stream" of seniors, professionals who work at home and children visiting its facility over the past two days, according to Director Mary Hogan.
"People are stay longer too," she added.
Often in times of need such as the or the , the library becomes a place where residents turn to for help, Hogan said.
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The town of Rocky Hill has activated its and several places around town are opening their doors to help residents get out of the heat.
The cooling center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside room 4 at the . As of noon, there was no one in the cooling center, according to Park and Recreation Department staff.
Movies will be offered.
Children must be accompanied by an adult as there will be no supervision present, according to an email from the Rocky Hill Park and Recreation Department.
The is also offering programs to help residents cool off from the record breaking temperatures.
The following programs are available:
- Decorate a Shooting Star from 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. inside the program room
- Showing of the movie "Big Miracle" inside the Stepney Room from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Showing of the movie "Big Year" inside the Stepney Room from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tonight, families can come by the library and make a craft from 6 to 7:30 p.m. inside the program room. People are asked to go the children's desk to pick the craft. The craft is for ages three and older.
Officials recommend the following during the extreme heat:
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Stay out of the sun whenever possible. If outdoor activities are required, try to accomplish them in the morning when temperatures are cooler.
- Check on pets, neighbors, the young and elderly.
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Do not delay in seeking medical assistance.
If anyone has any questions about the cooling center, residents are asked to call 860-258-2711.
For more information about library programs, visit their website or call 860-258-7621.