Summer in the City: Heat & Your Health

By Katie D. RSS Tue, July 11, 2017

This summer, we’re bound to have sunny, hot, and humid days. We may even experience extreme heat, when daytime temperatures reach the 90s or 100 degrees or above, along with high humidity and hot nights. This will affect residents across the entire city, but can be especially hard on young children, seniors, persons experiencing homelessness, and those with chronic health conditions.

To stay cool and healthy in the heat:

  • Use this interactive map or call 311 to find the nearest library cooling center, pool, or sprayground. Hours are extended when the city declares a "Heat Health Emergency".
  • Check out these tips for staying cool from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Check in on your elderly neighbors.
  • Make sure young children under age 4 and infants stay cool and are hydrated.
  • Check in with your healthcare provider to learn if you have a health condition or you are taking a medication that may make you more affected by heat. These health conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease.
  • Drink more fluids, especially water.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned place, if possible, or visit a cooling center.
  • Limit your outdoor activity, if possible, to early morning and later evening hours.
  • Do not leave children or pets in the car, even for a minute.

Check out this blog post about the Office of Emergency Management's Heat Plan for more information on staying cool, health concerns and prevention, the Code Red declaration, car safety in heat, and storm safety related to extreme heat.


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Summer is soooo here! You have to stay cool and drink plenty of liquids especially water. Make sure also that you at least eat something and try not to consume alcohol. Alcohol makes you hotter!
Julia Johnson - 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia
Thursday, July 20, 2017