September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Elderly, Children Most Vulnerable in Summer Heat

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SACRAMENTO — With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees in Sacramento this week, protecting the most vulnerable against heat related illnesses is crucial.

The elderly and young children have the highest chance of being hurt by the hot weather according to the Sacramento Fire Department.

Phillip Chew is making a difference by delivering food to low income seniors in Sacramento and Friday’s check up was more important than others.

Triple digit temps means making sure his Meals on Wheels clients are staying cool in their homes, “We want to make sure they’re hydrated we want to make sure they have electricity their air conditioner is running their well being is taken care of,” said Chew.

While the elderly are being taken care of by the program, families are letting their kids safely enjoy the warm weather at the Roseville spray ground.

“It’s hot here today that’s why the water is fantastic,” said Roseville resident Gayle Kirkendall.

These families are staying on top of protecting their little ones.

“We have like three water bottles we have tons of sunscreen we carry it in a backpack and reapply it super often,” said Rebecca Gebbeken of Roseville.

Signs of heat exhaustion include pale skin, sweating, disorientation and nausea. Heat stroke symptoms are high body temperature, no sweating and a throbbing headache. That can be serious enough to call 911.

As the heat wave in Sacramento continues the Sac Fire Department said along with drinking water, the elderly should drink Gatorade and kids can try Pedialyte.

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