Philadelphia declares heat health emergency, offers tips to escape high temps

It kicked in Sunday at noon, and runs through Wednesday, July 4, at 8 p.m.

Pat Toddy
July 02, 2018 - 6:48 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia is under a heat health emergency through nightfall on the fourth of July. It's the first-such declaration of the year.

Emergency programs are up and running through the extended heatwave, as the city works to prevent heat-related deaths. More than a dozen air-conditioned libraries are doubling as cooling centers and offering extended hours. Senior centers and recreation centers with air conditioning are also an option to get relief.

To find an air-conditioned spot with extended hours or a public pool, check out the city's interactive map.

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Residents who feel like they are dragging because of these skyrocketing temperatures can run their symptoms by operators at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's heatline. Call 215-765-9040 until midnight Monday and Tuesday, and until 8 pm on Wed, July 4. Nurses are there to take heat-related questions, and will help to diagnose heat stress.

In the event of a serious health issue, a health department mobile relief team can be sent to a person's home for a more thorough evaluation.

And with a Code Red now in effect, teams are increasing their outreach to the city's homeless population.

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For more relief from the roasting, consider these strategies from the PCA: Even if you're not thirsty, drink a glass of cold water every 15 to 20 minutes, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and take a cool shower or bath.