The Philly region’s first heat wave of 2018: Tips on staying cool this week

(WHYY, file)

(WHYY, file)

The Philadelphia region is experiencing a week-long heat wave with temperatures reaching above 90 degrees through Friday. We may even see temps hit the triple digits on Monday.

While this heat may be a good reason to visit one of Philadelphia’s public pools or spraygrounds, it can also be dangerous.

A word to the wise: Drink plenty of water and know the signs of heat stroke or exhaustion. With heat exhaustion, someone may have pale, cool, clammy skin, but with heat stroke, a person may have red, hot and dry skin. Additional symptoms of heat stroke include fainting or confusion and hyperventilation.

Philadelphia has declared a Code Red alert, which means the Office of Homeless Services is increasing outreach to make sure Philadelphians experiencing homelessness are in a safe, cool place. If you see someone on the street in this weather, you can call the Homeless Services’ street outreach team at 215-685-6300.

Also, make sure to check on the sick, the elderly, and your pets to make sure they’re in a cool environment. You can call the city’s heat line at 215-765-9040 for any assistance or hot weather tips.

More advice from city officials includes wearing loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. You also may want to stay in during the warmest hours between 12 and 5 p.m.

If you don’t have an air conditioner, visit one of the city’s public libraries, a shopping mall or a friend’s home who has AC.

During Code Red, it’s against the law — and a $500 fine — to leave pets outside without protection from the sun. You can call Philly’s Animal Care & Control Team at 267-385-3800 to report any pets left in the sun.

Stay cool, Philly. Oh, and the city doesn’t want you to forget that dumpster pools are still illegal. (Probably with good reason.)

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