Excessive Heat Warning in Effect in Wilmington, New Castle County
Eden Pool and Biden Aquatic Center hours will be extended and most spray parks are open; eligible seniors are encouraged to pick up a FREE electric fan
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and the City’s Emergency Management Director Willie Patrick remind citizens that the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for New Castle County starting today, Wednesday, July 17, through 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. Such conditions could cause heat-related illnesses. The National Weather Service predicts Heat Index Values of up to 110 degrees during daytime hours due to temperatures in the upper 90s, with little relief from the oppressive heat at night. The excessive heat can quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke, especially during outside exertion or extended exposure.
All afternoon and evening recreational activities (excluding pools and spray parks, men’s softball and indoor basketball activities) that were scheduled for today by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department are canceled.
“Once more, the extreme temperatures of the coming days remind us how dangerous the summer heat can be,” said Mayor Purzycki, “and the City is continuing its efforts to help people keep cool by keeping our City pools and spray parks open so citizens can get some relief. We also have FREE fans for elderly residents. Please be safe and take steps to protect yourself and your family from the heat.”
Parks Director Kevin F. Kelley, Sr. reminds citizens that City pools and most spray parks are currently open. Both Eden Pool and the Biden Aquatic Center will have extended hours in the coming days (see revised schedule below), while all but two spray parks remain open seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
|P.S. DuPont Pool||701 W. 34th St||3PM-8 PM||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Eden Park Pool||New Castle Ave||3PM-8 PM||Closed||1PM-6PM||1PM-6PM|
|Foster Brown Pool||7th& Lombard||1PM-6PM||1PM-6PM||1PM-6PM||1PM-6PM|
|Joseph R. Biden Jr. Aquatic Center(formerly Prices Run Pool)||26th& Speakman Place||Closed||3PM-8PM||1PM-6PM||Closed|
|William “Hicks” Anderson Center||5th& Madison St||2PM-7PM||2PM-7PM||12PM-4PM||Closed|
- Father Tucker Playground, 9th & Lincoln streets
- Woodlawn Park, Fourth and Ferris streets [CLOSED for renovations]
- Helen Chambers Park, 6th and Madison streets
- Brown Park, Eighth Avenue and Duncan Street
- Judy Johnson Park, 3rd and Clayton streets [CLOSED for renovations]
- Mack Park, at West 6th Street and North Ford Avenue
- Eastlake Playground - 30th & Madison streets
For more information and a complete schedule for pools and spray parks, please visit the City of Wilmington website.
FREE electric fans are available for senior citizens to help them cope with the summer season’s higher temperatures. To receive a free fan, citizens should contact Wilmington’s Office of Constituent Services at 302.576.2489, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A person must be at least 65 years old and live within the City limits to be eligible. Proof of age and residency are required. If a person has received a fan from the Constituent Services Office in the past year, they are not eligible for the program. Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is higher than 95 degrees, however, as this can increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
Finally, Wilmington residents and visitors are encouraged to remember these tips for keeping safe in extreme heat:
- Make a special effort to check on neighbors, especially if they are seniors, families with young children, people with special needs, or living alone.
- Never leave children, the elderly or pets unattended in a parked car under ANY circumstances, not even for a few minutes. Brain damage or death can occur from the rapid rise of temperature inside of a vehicle in a matter of minutes.
- Drink plenty of water; 1 to 1-1/2 quarts daily is recommended to prevent dehydration. Fruit juices and juice drinks are also good choices. Avoid alcohol and caffeine since they dehydrate the body.
- Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing. If you must go outside during the hottest part of the day, wear a hat wide enough to protect your face. While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area.
- Avoid overexertion and strenuous outdoor activities. Take extra precautions if you must work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours and take frequent rest breaks.
- Stay in an air-conditioned environment if possible. Find places in your community where you can get cool, such as libraries, shopping malls and community centers.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, so call 9-1-1 immediately.