HARRISBURG, Pa., July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A dangerous heat wave is moving into Pennsylvania,prompting the departments of Health and Aging to recommend that residents follow simple steps to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from potentially deadly heat-related illnesses.
"Hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to make
"In this high heat, we must be sure to check on neighbors, family, and friends over the age of 65 who may need assistance keeping cool," said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. "Your local Area Agency on Aging can help with transporting older adults to cooler locations such as a local church or senior center."
All Pennsylvanians are urged to follow these safety tips to avoid heat-related illnesses:
The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. Warning signs include extreme body temperature, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, and confusion. If you or loved ones develop heat stroke symptoms, get medical assistance right away.
Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.
For more information, visit www.health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Penny Ickes, Health, 717-787-1783 Drew Wilburne, Aging, 717-705-3702
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health; Pennsylvania Department of Aging
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