The Shapiro Administration is reminding Pennsylvanians to take summer heat seriously, with forecasts calling for heat and humidity that will make temperatures feel like the upper 90’s to low 100’s this week.
“Heat is the most prevalent weather-related cause of death in the United States,” said Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Randy Padfield. “It’s especially dangerous for children and older adults, those working outdoors, and urban areas where heat can build up due to asphalt and concrete and nighttime cooling is minimal.”
“We ask all Pennsylvanians to be a good neighbor and check on people who may have limited mobility or may not have a way to escape the heat,” said Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen. “Remember to wear appropriate clothing, stay hydrated, exercise safely, and look out for children, older adults and pets.”
To view the press release, including a review of heat-related illness symptoms and treatments and tips for keeping pets and livestock safe, click here. In addition, the state Department of Environmental Protection has declared a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone today in the Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.