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6/29/2013 6:02:00 AM
Editorial: Help your neighbors during extreme heat
The Daily Courier

The West is "baking in the heat" this weekend, National Weather Service officials have warned. Temperatures are ranging from 118 in Phoenix to the 120s in Las Vegas, and 104 in Prescott.

The excessive heat brings two things.

First, there are the storms residents have been praying for that, unfortunately, can bring not only rain but also fire-starting lightning. Two such lightning-ignited fires were snuffed out quickly Friday in Chino Valley and in the Central Yavapai Fire District.

Excessive heat also can be difficult for local seniors, and senior care experts are encouraging families to make sure their aging loved ones are protected.

"The elderly are often the most vulnerable to severe heat," said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead Senior Care. "Their bodies do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature, they are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat, and they are often on a prescription medicine that impairs the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibits perspiration."

If you are a senior or caring for an elderly individual, consider, among other things: keeping a glass of water in every room to quickly and easily access fluids; staying out of the sun during the hottest times of the day; and, saving household chores for evenings, when the weather is cooler.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. On average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined.

With care and planning, however, that does not have to be the case. Let's all be vigilant - for others as well as for fires.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Dear Tongue-in-Cheek

and plenty of elderly people died back then. It is reasonable to sound alarms when good people will die without them, or are you one of those survival of the fittest types. Losing the weak ones will only strengthen the herd. Grow Up, if it's not too late.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Really .......

The Couriers current Readers Poll on imposing a $150 fee to those who live in dense areas and 47% saying yes is BS. First of all, this whole mountain area is subject to fires just like the whole US. Secondly, fire the crew responsible for letting the Doce fire get as big as it did. It should have been extinguished long before it crossed Iron Springs. I am of opinion it was an opportunity to let it burn brush and be treated as a controlled burn , and an opportunity to ask for money.

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek As the World Turns

OH MY, this is summer in Arizona and and this sure ain't the first time it became a little hot here.... How did we ever make it to Senior Citizen status with all these horrible Heat Alarms? Must be the transplanted citizens that can't cope. It seems fitting to balance the scale when just a few months ago the alarm was sounded for cold temperatures. I remember when the comment "dang its hot" was enough. We never had to tell people to drink water and stay in the shade, that was natural back then. Even the not so intelligent wild life know that trick.

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