Heat Wave Claims Elderly Woman’s Life: Officials


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.

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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