As we enter the heart of the summer months, the Lebanon Fire Department would like to remind people to be safe from heat emergencies. Notifications regarding information and cooling shelters, as needed, will be distributed via LebAlert, the City's website, and local media outlets. We encourage people to sign up for LebAlerts by visiting LebanonNH.gov/Subscribe to receive important City information.
Here are some important safety tips to remember and practice:
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
- Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
- Sign up for NH Alerts to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
- Check the weather and listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service.
If you must go outside:
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
- Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Protect your face and head by wearing sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
Please also review the following guidance related to excessive heat:
For questions, please contact the Lebanon Fire Department at 603-448-8810. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.