Health experts offer this advice for weathering a heat wave:
  • Drink plenty of water and other nonalcoholic and caffeine-free liquids.
  • Avoid extended periods in the sun.
  • Don't take salt tablets unless directed by a physician.
  • The elderly and people with serious medical problems should spend some time in air-conditioned places, or at least open windows and use a fan. Don't use a fan with the windows closed.
  • Check on neighbors and relatives.
  • Make sure pets are cool and have water.
  • Be mindful of the early signs of heat stress, including lack of energy, faintness and nausea. Rapid heartbeat, headache and chest pain are among the more serious symptoms.


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For help with heat-related problems, Philadelphia residents can call:
  • Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline, 215-765-9040.
  • Action Alliance of Senior Citizens, 215-557-0751.
Residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs can call:
  • Bucks County: 215-348-0510 or 1-800-243-3767.
  • Chester County: 610-344-6350 or 1-800-692-1100, Ext. 6350.
  • Delaware County: 610-490-1300 or 1-800-416-4504.
  • Montgomery County: 610-278-3601.
  • Camden County: 856-858-3220.
  • Burlington County: 609-265-5069.
  • Gloucester County: 856-232-4646.