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2006 News Releases

For Immediate Release

High Temperatures Require Extra Care

August 01, 2006
Fire & EMS

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA - As temperatures continue to soar in the region, Chesterfield County officials remind residents to use extra caution to avoid heat-related illnesses. "We want to remind people that the heat is especially dangerous to seniors, the young and those with physical challenges," said Chesterfield County Health Department Director Dr. William Nelson. Nelson urges people to check on their elderly neighbors once or twice a day to be sure they are cool and safe. Children should stay out of the heat as much as possible, and anyone who is working or playing outdoors should avoid strenuous activity and drink plenty of water, Nelson said. The county's nine library locations are air-conditioned and are good places to relax and stay cool, said County Administrator Lane B. Ramsey, who also urged residents to consider using shopping centers and other stores as places to stay out of the summer heat. Pets, too, need plenty of water and a shady place to escape from the heat, and neither children nor pets should be left in vehicles, which can reach deadly interior temperatures very quickly in this type of weather. Seniors with special needs may contact the county's senior advocate at (804) 768-7878. Also, the Senior Connections Fan Program has fans available. For more information, call 343-3048. Heat-related illnesses can be serious. If you or someone you know is experiencing health problems due to the heat and require medical attention, call 911, advised Chief Paul W. Mauger of the Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.



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