As Troup County deals with Active Living heat advisory, 4H ensures seniors and children are safe from the heat – Reuters

Troup County along with several other areas of Georgia are currently under a heat advisory this week, with daily temperatures reaching highs in the upper 90s. So many local organizations are taking proactive steps to make sure their summer programs beat the heat.

With several summer camps planned in the area, the 4-H club has taken several precautions to prevent its young campers from getting too hot. According to Laura Mirarchi, Troup County Extension Officer, this means always having water on site and structuring your schedule around warmth.

“Our programs are a really good mix of indoor and outdoor activities,” Mirarchi said. “We also have structured schedules where the kids are only out for about 15-20 minutes before coming in to cool off.”

It’s not just children who are at risk for heat-related illnesses during these scorching temperatures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the people most prone to heat exhaustion are actually people aged 65 and older. As such, the Active Life Senior Center has established several programs to assist senior citizens in Troup County.

“We recently purchased over 100 box fans to donate to members to help supplement the air conditioning in their homes,” Aging Services Director Dan Wooten said.

“In addition, we help members in need apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program through Community Improvement Action. Because the application is now live, many of our members cannot apply without help.

In addition to these programs, the Active Living Center has also installed an outdoor fountain on its nature trail and has started hosting its outdoor activities, such as pickleball, earlier in the morning when temperatures are lower. They also make daily announcements reminding members to be careful in hot weather.

“We can’t help the whole community, but we try to help as many seniors as possible,” Wooten said.

From Tuesday, afternoon temperatures all week should be in the high 90s. For the latest weather updates, be sure to follow the US National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia on Facebook or on their website at www.weather.gov/ffc.

The CDC classifies symptoms of heat exhaustion as profuse sweating, cold, pale, and clammy skin, rapid, weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, fatigue or weakness, dizziness , headaches and fainting. People with symptoms of heat exhaustion are advised to seek cold water in a cool place as soon as possible.

People with severe symptoms are advised to seek medical attention.

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