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Bucks County Commissioners Advise Residents of Early Season Heat Wave

May 29, 2013

Bucks County Commissioners Advise Residents of Early Season Heat Wave

The Bucks County Commissioners, in conjunction with Emergency Management, the Health Department and the Area Agency on Aging, are advising residents of an early season heat wave that will hover over the area through the weekend. According to the National Weather Service, the County will see three or four days of actual temperatures greater than 90 degrees with heat indexes expected to be in the mid 90's.

Extreme hot weather can cause serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. The best approach during a heat wave is to remain indoors with an air-conditioner or in a ventilated room with a fan. Unless restricted, drink plenty of water and/or non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration. Limit exposure to the sun, and when being outside is a must, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing with hats, sunscreen with SPF 30-50 and lip balm with added sunscreen.

Residents are asked to reduce electricity usage if possible between 1:00 and 5:00 pm, which is not only the hottest part of the day, but also the greatest time for electric demand. During that time, visit malls, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and other public access locations that are indoor and cool. Senior Centers are a great place to encourage your elderly family and friends to visit during weekday business hours. Please visit the Senior Community Centers page for more information.

Though everyone should take precautions, seniors are especially vulnerable to effects from the heat. The public is encouraged to check frequently on elderly neighbors, friends and family members. Symptoms of a possible heat injury include faintness, dizziness, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating. For more information on symptoms and treatment relating to the elderly, visit the CDC Website. As with any emergency, call 9-1-1 when necessary. The elderly also may call 267-880-5700 for help during this period of extreme heat.

General information on preventing heat-related injuries also is available through Bucks County Health Department Heat Related Illness page.