July 23, 2005

Dangerous heat

The Weather Service is predicting temps as high as 105 degrees Sunday, with high humidity creating a heat index as high as 117.

It might not be a bad idea to think of folks you may know or those in your neighborhood who are elderly and don't have access to air conditioning. If you know of any, take a couple minutes and check on them. If you have some fans, lend them, or if needed, offer to let them share your air conditioning.

In years past I've donated window fans at WQAD which collected them for distribution to those in need. If anyone knows of any such efforts, please let me know.

Heat like this can be deadly to the elderly and anyone at risk, as evidenced by the heat wave a few years ago which killed hundreds in Chicago alone as well as the brutal heat wave in France in late 2003 which took the lives of an estimated 15,000 people. Looking out for a neighbor could be a life saver.


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