Heat Wave Claims Elderly Woman's Life: Officials | NBC 10 Philadelphia

Heat Wave Claims Elderly Woman's Life: Officials

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    It was a scorcher out there and the heat was claiming lives.

    Health officials in Philadelphia blamed the scorching heat wave for the death of a 92-year-old woman.

    The woman's body was discovered Monday by a neighbor who went to check on her, authorities said.

    She was found on the second floor of her home -- located in the 19139 zip code. The windows on the first floor of the house were open but only a single window was cracked on the second floor.

    Temperatures hit the upper 90s on Monday and the National Weather Services is predicting a high of 102 on Tuesday. An excessive heat warning is in effect until Wednesday night.

    School Heat Early Dismissal

    [PHI] School Heat Early Dismissal
    Because of the excessive heat, Philadelphia schools dismissed all summer school students early, at 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. (Published Tuesday, July 6, 2010)

    Last week the city announced that heat already claimed four lives in Philadelphia.

    Remember to drink plenty of water, make sure air-conditioners and fans work, stay out of the sun and check up on older friends, relatives and neighbors. Plus use the hot weather tips -- care of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging:

    • Wear a wide-brimmed hat
    • Wear lightweight clothing
    • Drink plenty of liquids
    • Bathe in water near skin temperature
    • Check on elderly and pets

    The heat hotline will begin also begin at noon and will remain open until midnight. It will reopen on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Call 215-765-9040 for recommended air-conditioned locations, tips on staying cool and signs of heat stress.

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