The Chester County Commissioners Thursday warned residents to take measures against an excessive heat situation expected this weekend.
The Chester County Department of Aging Services has fans available for Chester County residents, age 60 and older, to help cope with excessive heat. If a fan is needed because no other means of cooling living areas is available, call 610-344-4141. The department has staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist Chester County residents age 60 and older.
During times of excessive heat, it is important for residents age 60 and older to seek relief from the heat by visiting a local Senior Center, library, shopping mall or movie theater. Also, ROVER Community Transportation may be able to assist with transportation. For information call ROVER at 610-594-3911 or toll-free at 1-877-873-8415. The fee for ROVER services is 75 cents per boarding.
Residents should remember that when using a fan it is extremely important to have a window or door open to provide your living space with airflow. Failure to have airflow will result in the fan circulating the existing hot air, increasing the temperature. Residents are cautioned to stay out of direct sunlight and avoid strenuous activity.
Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing should be worn to permit sweat to evaporate. Individuals should drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages such as water, fruit and vegetable juices.
If you know of any seniors or other vulnerable citizens in your community who may be affected by excessive heat, please take a few minutes to check on them each day.
Senior centers may extend their operating hours during heat waves. Contact the local senior center to determine if they will be operating with extended hours.
Phoenixville Area Senior Adult Activity Center
153 Church Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.