Senior Centers to open July 4 to beat heat

Two senior centers in Bristol Borough and Bristol Township will open July 4 to provide a respite from the excessive heat and humidity.

The Lower Bucks Senior Center, at 301 Wood St. in the borough, and the Bristol Township Senior Center, at 2501 Bath Rd., will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the county information office said Tuesday.

Seniors age 60 and older who do not have a fan or air conditioner may be able to get a fan from the Area Agency on Aging. Seniors also can get help by calling the agency at 267-880-5700 during this period of extreme heat.

Extreme hot weather can cause serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion, and seniors are especially vulnerable, the agency said.

People are encouraged to check frequently on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors. Symptoms of a possible heat injury include faintness, dizziness, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating.

For information about symptoms and treatment relating to the elderly, go to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/elderlyheat.asp. In an emergency, call 911.

Information about preventing heat-related injuries also is available on the county Health Department’s website,  www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/HumanServices/HealthDepartment/HeatRelatedIllness.aspx.

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