The Montgomery County Commissioners today issued a "Code Red" for Montgomery County beginning at noon today and ending at 8 p.m.
The action is based on the recommendation of the county health department and a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.
A Code Red is a warning issued in anticipation of an oppressively hot air mass with a heat index of 100 degrees Farenheit or higher.
Such conditions have been associated with excess mortality, and residents should take precautions to prevent heat-related stress and exhaustion, said county spokesman Frank X. Custer.
Those especially at risk are very young children, seniors, and people with chronic medical conditions.
Friends, relatives, or neighbors should check on people who may be at risk, Custer said.
The county provided some tips on coping with extreme heat:
1. Drink plenty of water and wear light weight, light colored, and loose clothing.
2. Get outdoor work done completed during the morning to avoid the warmest part of the day.
3. Keep cool by seeking an air-conditioned building if available, or seek rest in the shade. (We like the Plymouth Meeting Mall.)
Most of the Senior Adult Activity Centers (SAACs) are air-conditioned, as are malls and libraries. The Montgomery County Human Services Center at Fornance and DeKalb Streets in Norristown will be a cooling site for residents who cannot access other sites.
During the day, the homeless can escape the heat at the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) on the Norristown State Hospital grounds (610-292-9244) or the Norristown office of the Salvation Army (610-275-4183). The Pottstown office of the Salvation Army will have water available.
The safety of outdoor workers is of special concern during high heat. Landscaping, roofing, highway, and construction crews should take frequent breaks for hydration and shade.
For heat-related information, see: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hotenvt.html.