One hundred degrees of perspiration: County issues Code Red warning

Considering the sticky hot Monday already upon us and the forecast for days when the temperature reaches around 100 degrees, it's not surprising that the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety has issued a “Code Red” hot-weather warning.

The Code Red will be in effect from noon through 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

What does that mean?

"The Office of Aging and Adult Services maintains a list of weather-sensitive older residents on whom they check in heat emergencies," said Jessica Willingham, the county public relations coordinator, in a statement Monday.

"Most of the Senior Adult Activity Centers are air-conditioned, as are malls and libraries. The Montgomery County Human Services Center at Fornance and DeKalb Streets in Norristown will also be a cooling site during a Code Red Heat Emergency for residents who cannot access other sites.

"During the day, homeless residents can escape the heat at the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) on the Norristown State Hospital grounds (610-292-9244), at the Norristown Ministry’s Hospitality Center (610-277-1321) during their hours of operation, at the Norristown office of the Salvation Army (610-275-4183), or at the Pottstown office of the Salvation Army (610-326-1621)."

Those especially vulnerable to high heat are young children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions or who are taking certain medicines.

The county offers some tips on keeping cool and safe in these sweltering times. 

  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Try to get outdoor work completed during the morning, when it's cooler.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned building if possible or if you must be outside, rest in the shade.

So, be smart, keep cool, and use these resources if you need them. If you know any elderly folks who live alone, please be sure to check on them this week. It's the neighborly, make that the human, thing to do.