Brookline has issued a Snow Emergency and a Cold Weather Emergency alert. The Snow Emergency alert is good until from 8pm today until Wednesday, January 22 at noon. Parking will be prohibited during this time. Trash pickup will be on holiday schedule, one day delayed. Please do not put your barrels out until 7am on Thursday at the earliest.
With temperatures falling into single digits for the next several days, the Brookline Department of Public Health has also issued a cold weather emergency alert. The following locations will be open to the public as warming rooms:
Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester Street
Open Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
The Brookline Elder Bus is heated and makes stops throughout the town, including at the “warming rooms” listed. Please call 617-730-2777 for a schedule or for further information.
Brookline Housing Authority Facilities
Please call the Housing Authority Management Office at 617-277-2022 for further information.
Brookline Public Health Department
11 Pierce Street
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 12 noon
Please call the Health Department at 617-730-2300 for further information.
Brookline Public Libraries
Please call branch for details and hours:
Main Branch: 361 Washington Street – 617-730-2370 Coolidge Corner Branch: 31 Pleasant Street – 617-730-2380 Putterham Branch: 959 West Roxbury Parkway – 617-730-2385
Brookline Public Safety Building
Open 24 hours per day
350 Washington Street
Please call the Brookline Police Department at 617-730-2222 for further information.
COLD WEATHER TIP SHEET
Cold weather can be dangerous to your health, but there are several ways to protect yourself. Two main cold-weather health concerns are hypothermia and frostbite.
WHAT IS HYPOTHERMIA?
Cold air causes your body to lose heat and drop in temperature. Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it.
WARNING SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA:
In Adults and Children:
Shivering Fumbling hands Slurred speech
Exhaustion Confusion/ Memory loss Dizziness
Bright red, cold skin Very low energy
Who is most at risk for hypothermia?
Anyone can develop hypothermia, but those most likely to get it are:
Elders Babies Unattended children Mentally ill individuals
Those under the influence of alcohol Those who spend lots of time outdoors
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT SOMEONE HAS HYPOTHERMIA:
Take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95 degrees F, seek immediate medical attention. If medical help is delayed, get the person into a warm area, replace wet clothing with dry clothing, lay the person in a flat position, and warm the center of body first (e.g., chest, neck) using an electric blanket or skin to skin contact under loose layers of blankets or other dry materials. Give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if person is conscious. Handle the person gently, and do not massage or rub the person’s arms or legs.
WHAT IS FROSTBITE?
Frostbite occurs when cold air freezes a part of the body. Frostbite usually affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, and toes.
Warning signs for frostbite:
Stinging, tingling, or aching in a skin area, followed by numbness
A white or grayish-yellow skin area Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
What to do if you suspect frostbite?
Seek medical attention immediately. Cover frostbitten areas with dry sterile gauze or soft, clean bandages. DO NOT massage the affected areas.
HOW TO KEEP WARM AND SAFE!
What to wear: Use a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth. Wear a hat, mittens, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, water-resistant shoes, and many layers of loose-fitting clothes. Wool, silk, and propylene inner layers are better than cotton. Outer layers should be tightly woven, water- resistant, and wind- resistant.
Keeping dry: It is very important to stay dry. If you begin to perspire, reduce exertion and remove some layers of clothing.
What to eat and drink: Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Drink lots of beverages, especially warm, sweet beverages, but avoid drinking alcohol. Reducing caffeine may help as well.
Shivering: Shivering means your body is losing heat. Go indoors as soon as possible. Conserving heat in the home: Close off any unneeded rooms. Stuff towels or rags in cracks
under doors. Cover windows with drapes or blankets at night.
Special Precautions for Elders:
Older adults produce less body heat. Persons 65 years and older should frequently check the temperature in their homes. Make sure to check on elderly friends and neighbors as well.
Special Precautions for Infants:
Infants lose body heat more easily than adults and so should never sleep in a cold room. Give babies warm clothing and a blanket, and try to keep a warm indoor temperature.
Simple Advice for Staying Safe in the C-O-L-D
C is for Cover: cover vulnerable parts of your body, like the head, face, and hands
O is for Overexertion: avoid activities that cause sweating L is for Layers: wear loose, layered clothing
D is for Dry: keep as dry as possible to avoid hypothermia
WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE HEAT
If you lose heat or feel that you lack adequate heat, call the Brookline Health Department during normal business hours at 617-730-2300. After normal business hours, call the Brookline Police Department at 617-730-2222. A police officer will respond to take a temperature reading and follow-up.