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Summer 2022: Philadelphia Heat Health Emergency extended through Sunday July 24 | List of cooling centers

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philadelphia Department of Health has extended a heat emergency through Sunday due to extreme temperatures this week.

The Heat Health Emergency went into effect at 12:00 p.m. Thursday and is scheduled to end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The declaration of a heat health emergency activates the city’s heat emergency programs, which include the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) heatline, refrigeration centers, home visits by dedicated field service teams, and improved day care for people affected by homelessness.

Thursday was a brutal day with dew points in the low 70’s making for that thick air that’s hard to breathe when you’re engaging in strenuous activity. Heat indexes touched the triple digits by lunchtime.

“Just try to drink water, stay indoors as much as possible. When we go out, pack your backpack full of water,” Zach Travis said.

Doctors warn that anyone could get heatstroke when it’s that hot outside.

Here are some symptoms to look out for:

“Hot, dry, clammy skin or red skin, rapid, strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness or fainting,” Registered Nurse Cydni Walker said. “These are all symptoms that should alert someone to see a doctor.”

dr Angelee Gerovasiliou of the Prospect Park Veterinary Clinic reminds pet owners to be vigilant, too.

“Bring them a wet towel, cold water and wrap them in this cold blanket or towel. It’s much hotter on the asphalt,” Gerovasiliou said. “I think a good guideline is: If it’s too hot for your feet, barefoot, barefoot, then it’s not advisable to let your dogs walk on that tarmac.”

And when the temperature rises, so do the costs of electricity bills. PECO recommends turning off all unnecessary lights and appliances, keeping the thermostat at a constant temperature, and using portable fans to keep fresh air circulating.

“Keep those shades, blinds and curtains closed,” PECO spokeswoman Madison Mozer said. “It just serves as an extra layer of insulation, especially when the sun is out, to keep the heat out.”

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) Heatline.

The PCA heatline (215-765-9040) will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. It is open again on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. The public are encouraged to call if they have questions about precautions they can take and see signs of heat stress. City Health Department nurses are available to callers to discuss medical issues related to the heat.

cooling centers

libraries

These libraries will operate with extended hours until Sunday 24th July. Cooling center locations and hours may change if the heat emergency is extended.

Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library
125 South 52nd St
215-685-7431
Open until 7 p.m

Joseph E. Coleman Regional Library
68 West Chelten Ave
215-685-2150
Open until 7 p.m

Blanche A. Nixon Cobbs Creek Library
5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
215-685-1973
Open until 8 p.m

Fox Chase Library
501 Rawn St

215-685-0547
Open until 8 p.m

Frankfurt library
4634 Frankford Ave
215-685-1473
Open until 7 p.m

Fumo Family Library
2437 South Broad Street
215-685-1758
Open until 7 p.m

Haddington Library
446 North 65th Street
215-685-1970
Open until 7 p.m

Lillian Marrero Library (meeting room only)
601 Westlehigh Ave
215-685-9794
Open until 7 p.m

Logan Library
Wagnerallee 1333
215-685-9156

Open until 7 p.m

Oak Lane Library
6614 North 12th Street
215-685-2848
Open until 7 p.m

Paschalville Library
6942 Waldallee
215-685-2662
Open until 7 p.m

Wider Library
2808 West Lehigh Ave
215-685-9799
Open until 7 p.m

Pools and spray grounds
Residents are also encouraged to visit any of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s spray spots and pools.

Local residents can find all identified cooling centers as well as spraying sites on this map or call 311.

supply shutdowns

Power shutdown is suspended during a heat health emergency.

The Philadelphia Water Department was scheduled to resume closing residential buildings for crime on July 20, 2022. Due to the heat health emergency, the water closures will continue to be suspended. If the declaration is lifted, PWD will resume shutdowns as previously planned.

Any customer who has received a shutdown notice should pay their bill now if possible or call (215) 685-6300 to request an assistance request or payment arrangement to prevent water loss. Applications are also available at water.phila.gov/cap. Visit water.phila.gov for more information.

Care and shelter for the homeless

The Office of Homeless Services also declared a Code Red, which began Tuesday, July 19, and will take proactive steps to protect Philadelphians affected by homelessness. Call the outreach team at (215) 232-1984 if you see someone on the street in need of shelter or other homeless services. Call 911 if there is a medical emergency.

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