Slow down, drink plenty of water, and find a cool place out of the sun.
Those are some of the commonsense tips state officials are passing on to Massachusetts residents during the spate of very hot weather.
Officials are also asking residents to check on elderly neighbors and make sure children don’t overheat and that pets are given plenty of water and are never left alone in a car with the windows rolled up.
Residents should also be aware of symptoms of heat-related illness, such as cramps, headaches or nausea. At its most severe, heat stroke can be life-threatening.
Many communities have opened up cooling centers for residents without air conditioning. Those looking for cooling centers in the City of Boston can call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500 to find the center closest to them.
WORCESTER — Massachusetts public health officials are launching a new campaign to encourage blacks to get tested for AIDS.
The state Department of Public Health program is the first new AIDS testing campaign in four years and includes billboards and newspaper ads.
Blacks in Massachusetts account for 6 percent of the population, but 28 percent of people with HIV/AIDS.
Health Commissioner John Auerbach said testing is important for individuals and the community.
As part of the program, the health department is also offering free, confidential AIDS testing services.
The program targets five cities, including Worcester, Boston, Springfield, Lynn and Brockton.