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Bucks County Advises Residents to Prepare for Excessive Heat Conditions

June 19, 2012

Bucks County Advises Residents to Prepare for Excessive Heat Conditions

In response to the National Weather Service Excessive Heat Warning that goes into effect at 1p.m. tomorrow, June 20, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners joins county Emergency Services Director John Dougherty to caution residents of the potential effects of dangerous heat and humidity. The county Area Agency on Aging (AAA) reminds seniors that extreme hot weather can cause serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Though everyone should take precautions, seniors are especially vulnerable to effects from the heat.  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. Minimize time spent outdoors and stay out of the sun whenever possible.

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 Web site http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/elderlyheat.asp. As with any emergency, call 9-1-1 when necessary. The elderly also may call 215-348-0510 for help during this period of extreme heat.

General information on preventing heat-related injuries also is available through the Bucks County Health Department information page, Tips for Preventing Heat Related Illnesses.