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County warns of heat, suggests senior centers to help cool down

Posted 7/17/19

Because of dangerously high temperatures this week, Dauphin County officials are warning people, particularly those with asthma, heart or lung diseases and other health concerns, about the heat …

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County warns of heat, suggests senior centers to help cool down

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Because of dangerously high temperatures this week, Dauphin County officials are warning people, particularly those with asthma, heart or lung diseases and other health concerns, about the heat threat and reaching out to at-risk senior citizens and making fans and air conditioning units available to those who qualify for services.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures over the next several days will be in the 90s.

“We are reaching out to senior citizens who have health concerns, live alone or have limited mobility to make sure they are safe and offer assistance,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick III, who has oversight of the county's Area Agency on Aging. “We’re also making air conditioning units and fans available to adults age 60 and over who qualify for services.”

Residents in need can call the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging at 717-780-6130 to request a fan or air conditioner or to obtain other assistance, such as transportation to an air-conditioned place.

“Heat-related illness and deaths are entirely preventable,” said Commissioner Mike Pries, who oversees the county’s Public Safety Department. “Limit outdoor activities during the day and stay hydrated.”

Common symptoms of heat-related illness are a fever, flushed and sweaty skin and extreme thirst.

“We all know how oppressively hot a car can get in this heat,” Commissioner Jeff Haste said. “Never leave children or pets in parked vehicles. The temperature in a car can increase by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.”

Every year, an average of 658 people succumb to extreme heat, according to county officials.

Senior citizens can get relief from high temperatures at the following senior centers:

• Bistline Senior Center, 1291 S. 28th St., Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• B’Nai B’rith Senior Center, 130 Third St., Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• East Hanover Senior Center, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

• Friendship Senior Center, 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Heinz-Menaker Senior Center, 1824 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Hoy Senior Center, 301 Mohn St., Steelton, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Jewish Community Center, 3301 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

• Lick Towers Senior Center, 1301 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Lykens Senior Center, 200 W. Main St., Harrisburg, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Millersburg Senior Center, 109 Edward Drive, Millersburg, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Rutherford House Center, 3300 Parkview Lane, Harrisburg, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.