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With temps heading above 90-degrees today and tomorrow, the city of Philadelphia has issued an excessive-heat warning in effect until tomorrow evening. It’s 90-degrees now!

With an excessive-heat warning, we must keep a check on our elderly family members and neighbors. Also, anyone engaged in strenuous physical activity should be careful; as well pregnant women and small children.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline will begin operating at noon Monday and continue until midnight. People concerned that they are having medical or other problems related to the heat can call 215-765-9040 for advice.

To avoid a heat-related illness, if you must go out in the sun, where visor or wide-brimmed hat. Please use fans or air-conditioners. Now if you use a fan, please keep windows open to release trapped hot air.

Serious signs of heat stress include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Unconsciousness
  • Mental confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irritability
  • Muscle cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please seek immediate medical attention for people experiencing any of these symptoms. In the meantime, remove excess clothing, fan the person, move the person to a cool area and spray the person with water. In an emergency, call 911.


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