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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The city of Philadelphia has set up a Heat Help Line (215-765-9040) for the elderly and those vulnerable to the high temperatures.

Helpful Phone Numbers:

Pennsylvania:
Philadelphia Senior Center: 215-546-5879
PCA Heatline: 215-765-9040
Pennsylvania Health Department: 1-877-PA-HEALTH
Bucks County Area Agency On Aging: (267) 880-5700
Chester County Department Of Aging Services: (610) 344-6350
Delaware County Heat Emergency Hotline: (610) 872-1558
Lancaster County Department Of Aging: (717) 299-7979
Montgomery County Aging And Adult Services: 610-278-3601
Northampton County Area Department Of Aging: 610-559-3245

For additional information in PA, visit: www.aging.state.pa.us.

PECO Energy Emergency (gas or electric): 1-800-841-4141
PGW: 215-235-1212

New Jersey:
Atlantic County Department Of Health And Human Services: (609) 645-5935
Burlington County Health Department: (609) 265-5548
Camden County Department Of Health And Human Services: (856) 757-7285
Cape May County Aging & Disability Services: 609-886-2784
Cumberland County Office on Aging & Disabled: 856-453-2220
Gloucester County Senior Services: 856-384-6900
Mercer County Human Services: 609-989-6526
Salem County Office on Aging & Disabilities: 856-339-8622, 856-451-1207, or 856-358-3857
Delaware State Health & Human Services: 1-800-560-3372 or 2-1-1

PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG
Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476
PPL: 1-800-DIAL-PPL

Delaware:
Delmarva (Connectiv) New Castle County and Cecil and Harford Counties (Md): 1-800-898-8042
Kent and Sussex Counties and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia 1-800-898-8045

The National Weather Service advises following several safety tips to keep safe and cool:

  • Wear loose fitting and light colored clothing
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to avoid dehydration
  • Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, which is mid and late afternoon
  • Make sure your dwelling is ventilated; use a fan, or get one if you do not have one
  • Spend time in an air conditioned building, if possible
  • Check on the elderly, ill, and very young
  • Make provisions for pets and animals by insuring they have plenty of cool water to drink and shade.
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