It’s hot; take the pledge to check on elderly neighbors in heatwave

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 18:16:09-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Mayor Ben McAdams is asking Utahns to take the pledge to check on elderly neighbors in this heatwave.

He said, "because I think we can all agree: It's hot out there!"

Northern Utah is expected to see temperatures at or near 100 degrees.

Southern Utah temperatures are forecast to hit 112 degrees.

The National Weather Service said record-breaking temperatures are possible.

It will be the hottest day so far this year across most of the area.

Salt Lake County is offering Cool Zones, located throughout the valley at county senior centers, libraries and recreational facilities, as well as other municipal government buildings.

Cool Zones are air-conditioned indoor spaces open to the public.

Anyone seeking a break from the heat can drop by a Cool Zone to cool off, hydrate and stay safe from heat-related illness.

An interactive map is available to help residents identify the cool zones in their proximity. Cool Zones are open now through October 15th.

Aging & Adult Services is also accepting donations of new fans to distribute to vulnerable and homebound older adults to help them stay safe and comfortable this summer.

When temperatures rise, drivers and volunteers with the Rides for Wellness and Meals on Wheels programs observe home environments and talk with clients to determine whether their conditions are safe, providing donated fans to those who most need them.

County officials said individuals and businesses can donate fans at Senior Centers or the main County Government Center, South Building, at 2100 S. State Street in Salt Lake City.

Aging & Adult Services advises all people, especially older adults, to exercise caution in excessive heat by following these tips:

• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water & liquids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
• Wear appropriate clothing – light colored & light weight fabrics work best.
• Stay indoors during midday when outside temperatures are hottest, usually between noon and 3pm.
• Take it easy, avoiding exercise and strenuous activity when it’s hottest outside.
• Know the warning signs of heat-related illness, which include dizziness, nausea, rapid heart rate, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.
• Seek a Cool Zone – visit a county facility to escape the heat.