A City of Philadelphia "Heatline" call center opened at noon as a National Weather Service excessive heat warning went into effect for the region.
The "Heatline" number is 215-765-9040, and lines will be open from noon until midnight, city officials said. Staff will be available on the line to advise on how to avoid heat dangers and to refer anyone in need of medical attention to emergency services. The line will also be open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday.
Heat in the mid-90s with sun and high humidity will feel like 102 to 107 in many areas.
Philadelphia Health Commissioner James Buehler has issued a warning for the city beginning at noon, activating the city's summer heat programs, including the Heatline, home visits by field teams and enhanced homeless outreach.
The city Health Department is encouraging citizens to visit older friends, relatives and neighbors to ensure they are in safe conditions in their homes as the heat and humidity intensify. In heat waves, officials said, groups most at risk include senior citizens, pregnant women, young children, people who work in high-heat environments and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Officials urged those without air conditioning to seek relief from the heat in malls, movie theaters, senior centers or other public spaces.
The Health Department outlined several precautions for citizens to beat the heat, including:
- Use air conditions and fans.
- Open windows to release trapped hot air.
- Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic fluids.
- Wear a head covering such as a brimmed hat or visor to protect the head and face should you need to be outdoors.
- Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.
- Do not leave children or pets alone in vehicles.
Early warning signs of heat stress including lethargy, loss of appetite, light-headed feeling and nausea. More serious indications of major heat stress include unconsciousness, confusion, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and difficulty breathing. Anyone with these symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.