Local officials give tips for beating the heat
By Linda Green

It is hot, hot and hot. Temperature gauges have read 99 and heat indexes have been above 105. In some places in the CSRA the indexes have soared above 112.
Emergency responders say the most important thing people can do to cope with the heat is drink plenty of fluids, and if at all possible, stay inside during the critical hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kay Lord, assistant emergency management director and EMS director for McDuffie County, encourages people to check on the elderly during the high temperatures because they are the most vulnerable.
She advises citizens to make sure the elderly have a working air conditioner unit or fans, and air is circulating inside their home.
“Oftentimes the elderly are scared to open the window if they do not have air conditioning and will be there with the house completely shut and no air is circulating, or they will sit inside without the air conditioning running because they do not want to run the power bill up.”
Lord said seniors might want to go to a cool place such as the senior center or the library for a few hours during the day or to a relative’s home during the critical times of the day.
“Check on the elderly all the time, not just when it is hot or cold,” she said.
Why are older adults more prone to heat stress?
McDuffie County Health Department Nurse Practitioner Kathy Linebarger said older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature; are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat; and are more likely to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat.
Kim Ivey-Mathis is the director of the Thomson-McDuffie Senior Center. She encourages any senior resident of McDuffie County needing a cool place during the day to become a member of the senior center.
“You can use it as sort of a cooling center and be here from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” she said. “You won’t have to run your air conditioning all the time if you are not there.”
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