Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Staying safe in the heat

The National Weather Service has placed New Castle County under an extended excessive heat warning in effect from 1pm Wednesday to 6am Friday, warning of temperatures nearing 100 degrees and heat index values from 103 to 108 degrees during those times.

"High heat, particularly over an extended two-day period, can be as dangerious for our residents as a sudden storm," stated Dave Carpenter, Jr., Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Managment. "Residents are urged to take all possible precautions during this heat wave and seek out air conditioned public spaces, such as county libraries and senior centers for relief."

The Office of Emergency Managment also recommends drinking plenty of non-alcoholic liquids, wearing loose-fitting, light colored, lightweight clothing, scheduling outdoor tasks during the early morning or evening hours and otherwise lightening midday workloads.

If residents need general assistance during the heat wave, please contact the Delaware Help Line at 1-800-464-HELP (4357) or 211. For assistance with electrical service problems, contact Delmarva Power's customer service line at 1-800-898-8042.

As always, if you have an emergency, please call 911.

For more heat realated tips from the CDC or the Red Cross

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