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Heat Isn't Problem for Tarrytowns Schools

The heat has many Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow residents sweating, but students in the Tarrytowns Unified Free School District don’t have to worry.

Unlike other schools in Westchester County, air conditioning is available in classrooms across the district.

Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds Peter Quartironi noted that because Sleepy Hollow High School is new, it has central air. Older schools may not have central air conditioning, but they do have access to some type of air conditioning.

“Classrooms that don’t have air conditioning… have window units,” he said.

Quartironi noted that some gyms and other facilities may not air conditioning, but the district does have fans and a type of automated system that would help with any heat.

Temperatures rose to 95 degrees on Wednesday, and the National Weather Service was predicting a high of 96 degrees on Thursday. Temperatures will drop on Friday, with the high reaching 87 degrees.

Susan Croll, the spokesperson for the Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, offered some tips for staying cool in the summer heat. Up front, she stressed that “if you feel ill, call 911.”

“People shouldn’t hesitate,” she said, because they can quickly succumb to heat exhaustion.

Residents should stay hydrated, drinking lots of cooling liquids. Croll said they should also stay out of direct sunlight, wearing a hat when outdoors.

To cool off quickly, Croll said residents can buy cold packs and put them under their armpits.

Croll recommended staying inside where there is air conditioning if you are sensitive to the heat, especially during peak hours. If you don’t have air conditioning, there are several public places that you can go, such as a senior center or the public library.

“Areas with air conditioning are readily available,” she said.

People also should not leave pets or children in a parked car, Croll warned.

“It can get real hot real fast,” she said.

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