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Check on seniors during heat wave

Check on seniors during heat wave

(Cleveland) – Sweltering temperatures this week could be dangerous for senior citizens. With that in mind, a heat advisory was issued Monday by the Cleveland Department of Aging for thousands of Cleveland seniors.

Phone calls were sent via the Cleveland WARN system to about 38,000 Cleveland seniors.

“Seniors are especially sensitive to heat and humidity and this weather can be exceptionally difficult for them,” said Director Jane Fumich. “We hope that alerts like these help our seniors and those that care for them to stay safe and healthy.”

If you care for or live near a senior, Fumich asks you to take the time to check on them regularly. Encourage them to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:

• Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
• Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
• Pace yourself.
• Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
• Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
• Do not leave children or pets in cars.
• Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Watch for the warning signs of heat stroke: fainting, nausea, a fast pulse rate, and/or flushed skin. If you notice any of these symptoms seek medical help!

If you are a senior, touch base with family, friends or neighbors and ask them to check in on you. If you feel ill or need emergency medical care, dial 911.

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