As Troup County deals with a heat advisory Active life, 4H ensure seniors, kids safe from heat

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Troup County along with several other areas in Georgia are currently under a heat advisory this week, with daily temperatures reaching highs in the upper 90s. As such, several local organizations are taking proactive steps to ensure that their summer programs are beating the heat.

With several summer camps planned in the area, the 4-H club has taken several precautions to prevent its youth campers from getting overheated. According to Troup County Extension Agent Laura Mirarchi, this includes always having water on-site and structuring their schedule around the heat.

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

It is not just kids who are at risk for heat-related illnesses during these scorching temperatures though.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those most prone to heat exhaustion are actually elderly people, ages 65 and up. As such, the Active Life Senior Center has implemented several programs to assist the elderly of Troup County.

“We recently bought over 100 box fans to give to members in an effort to help supplement air conditioning in their homes,” Aging Services Director Dan Wooten said.

“Also, we are helping to assist members in need with applying for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program through Community Action for Improvement. Because the application is now online, a lot of our members are not able to apply without help.”

In addition to these programs, the Active Life center has also installed an outdoor fountain on their nature trail and has begun holding 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 conditions.

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

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

The CDC classifies symptoms of heat exhaustion as heavy sweating, cold, pale, and clammy skin, fast, weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, dizziness, headache and fainting. Those with heat exhaustion symptoms are advised to seek a cool area cold water as soon as possible.

Those with severe symptoms are advised to seek medical attention.