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June 22nd, 2009
Hays County urges heat precautions

STAFF REPORT

The Hays County Personal Health Department (HCPHD) is reminding citizens, especially the elderly and those in fragile health, to take precautions against rising temperatures.

“We all need to be reminded to drink extra water, wear light-weight and light-colored clothing, and to avoid outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day,” said HCPHD Director Priscilla Hargraves.

Hargraves also noted that it is best to avoid being outside between 2-7 p.m., which is considered the hottest part of the day.

“Never leave children or pets in a hot car, even with the windows down, as it can take only a few minutes for severe health problems to occur,” Hargraves said. “Check often on your elderly family members and neighbors, and make sure your outdoor pets have shade all day long and plenty of water.”

To assist with what is expected to be a long, hot summer, Family Eldercare is working with Hays County in a fan drive. Family Eldercare is a non-profit organization that cares for elders and adults with disabilities. Its annual drive collects money for fans and air conditioners to prevent heat related health issues in homes that do not have cooling devices. The organization assists more than 6,000 families in Central Texas.

“With temperatures reaching triple digits so early, we are expecting another very hot summer,” said Karen Langley, executive director of Family Eldercare. “This wonderful collaboration in Hays County will get our support and help with organizing a life-saving fan drive for its residents. We hope that Hays County residents will respond with donations that will be distributed to those most needy in Hays County. Fan drives always bring out the best in a community.”

If you need a fan, call Family Eldercare at (512) 459-4FAN. If a coordinator is not available to assist you, leave your information on its voice mail and someone will call you back.

To donate a 20-inch box or 14-inch oscillating fan, or to make a financial contribution to the drive, call (512) 392-4FAN for drop off locations, or visit its website.

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