Four Bucks County senior community centers are extending their hours until 6 p.m. or later to offer seniors a sanctuary from this week's dangerous heat and humidity.
At least three of them also will be open Saturday to offer a continued respite from the weather.
The action is being taken by the county commissioners in response to the National Weather Service issuing an excessive heat warning.
Except as noted, the following senior centers will be open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday:
Ben Wilson Senior Center
580 Delmont Ave., Warminster/Phone: 215-672-8380
Closed Thursday and Friday
Open Saturday until 3:30 p.m.
Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center
301 Wood Street, Bristol/Phone: 215-788-9238
Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd., Bristol/Phone: 215-785-6322
Pennridge Senior Center
146 E. Main St., Silverdale/Phone: 215-453-7027
Open Mon-Fri until 6:00 p.m.
No hours Saturday
The county's Area Agency on Aging and Emergency Management Agency remind seniors that extreme hot weather can cause serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Though everyone should take precautions, seniors and children are especially vulnerable to effects from the heat.
The best approach during a heat wave is to remain indoors with an air conditioner or in a ventilated room with a fan. Unless restricted, drink plenty of water and/or non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration. Minimize time spent outdoors and stay out of the sun whenever possible.
The public is encouraged to check frequently on elderly neighbors, friends and family members. Symptoms of a possible heat injury include faintness, dizziness, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating.
For more information on symptoms and treatment relating to the elderly, visit the CDC website.
As with any emergency, call 911 when necessary.
Fans may be available through the aging agency for senior residents of Bucks County (age 60+) who do not have a fan or air conditioner. The elderly also may call 267-880-5700 for help during this period of extreme heat.
For more information or assistance, please call: Bucks County Area Agency on Aging: 267-880-5700 ( 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday).