Checking on the elderly during extreme heat waves

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Thursday was day two of a heat advisory for the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

During times like this, we should check on our neighbors, especially if they're elderly.

Some people may love this weather, but it has its consequences. The heat can be dangerous and deadly. That's why Senior Citizens Inc. holds a fan drive each year in hopes of getting fans to the elderly who don't have a way of keeping cool this time of year.

"As we age, our skin definitely gets thinner and it's harder to regulate our body temperature," said Katy Harne, Senior Citizens Inc.

For this reason, the agency devoted to caring for the elderly is holding a fan drive where fans are free for seniors. They just need to get them from the Senior Citizens office.

"We've been under a heat advisory for two days. Are you doing anything differently to cool down your house?"

"Well you know I'm keeping the air condition running and keeping the blinds closed," said Theresa Boston, who received a fan from SCI.

With some senior citizens living on fixed incomes, this week could cause an increase in their power bills.

"I haven't gotten it yet for this month, but I'm expecting it to be pretty high," Boston said.

In spite of the higher bill, Mrs. Boston's willing to cut corners elsewhere to survive the heat. Experts also advise that everyone make sure you're drinking plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated.

"Many times, you can have common symptoms which can truly be of dehydration, and you might be unaware. You definitely want to listen to your body, stay as cool as possible, and make sure you have a fan should you need one," Harne said.

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