County Council, COSA and
Senior Medical Advisor warn residents to
take precautions during heat wave
The Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health alerts residents that a heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service as the heat wave returns to our area.
The combination of the heat and humidity levels will result in dangerous conditions during the afternoon and early evening hours.
Delaware County’s Heat Plan is in place and assistance is available for elderly and vulnerable residents. People can call the Heat Information Line at 610-872-1558 for heat advisory information.
People who need additional assistance can contact the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) Information and Assistance service at (610) 490-1300.
“When the weather service issues an excessive heat warning, it’s important for our elderly and vulnerable residents to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses,” said Delaware County Senior Medical Advisor Dr. George Avetian. “People who are 65 and older are vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and we ask that residents check on their elderly family members and neighbors.”
The Delaware County Heat Plan calls for senior centers and adult day care centers to extend their hours, to offer water and non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day, and to reinforce with service-provider drivers to check on consumers.
COSA has a limited number of fans available for senior residents, available at county senior centers. COSA’s care managers are asked to identify “at risk” consumers who are homebound, living alone or have a prior history of inadequate cooling in their home.
Dr. Avetian offers the following heat safety tips: drink plenty of fluids (in consultation with your physician regarding medication and fluids); wear lightweight clothing; stay indoors or seek relief at a senior center, mall or friend’s house who has air-conditioning; and avoid strenuous activity. People should limit alcohol or beverages containing caffeine.
Dr. Avetian said it is particularly important for seniors and those with health problems to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Common symptoms of dehydration are headache, dry skin, light-headedness, nausea and fast heartbeat.
It is especially important for young children and older adults, as well as people who have heart and breathing problems or are on certain medications, to pay close attention to what they are doing and how they feel during hot and humid weather.
Printable Heat Information Flyers and helpful websites:
Locations providing Extended Hours During Excessive Heat Warning
Chester Senior Center
721 Hayes Street
Chester, PA 19013
Contact: Jamee Nowell-Smith
Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
Upper Darby Senior Center
326 Watkins Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Contact: Michael Maloney
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
Wayne Senior Center
108 Station Road
Wayne, PA 19087
Contact: Susan Shapiro
Hours: 4p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday