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Cooling shelter opens in Greencastle

heat safety tips offered

July 06, 2012

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Community Grace Church, at 17 N. Washington St. in Greencastle, has opened as a cooling shelter.

The shelter is being supported by Franklin County Department of Emergency Services. It will have cots,
water and refreshments.

The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services, along with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, is offering the following safety tips for dealing with the hot weather:

• Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.

• Drink plenty of water during the day – don’t wait until you are thirsty!

• Outdoor workers should drink between two and four cups of water every hour while working.

• Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar.

• Limit your outdoor activity to mornings and evenings and rest often in the shade.

• Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, a hat, sunglasses and an SPF15 or higher
sunscreen.

• Check on those who may be more at risk from high temperatures, including:

  • Infants and young children
  • People age 65 or older
  • People with chronic medical conditions
• Never leave your children or pets in a vehicle.

• Know the following symptoms of heat stroke, a life-threatening, heat-related illness:
  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
• If you think someone has heat stroke:
  • Call for emergency medical attention
  • Get the victim to a shady area
  • Cool the person rapidly (put them in a tub of cool water, place them in a cool shower, spray them with a garden hose, sponge them with cool water, etc.)
  • Do not give the victim any fluids (like water) to drink
• Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion:
  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness (skin is a lighter color than normal)
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
• Help the victim cool off and seek medical attention if:
  • Symptoms are severe
  • Symptoms last more than one hour
  • The victim has heart problems or high blood pressure

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