Code Red procedures are put into place when the daytime temperature reaches 95 degrees F by 11am on two consecutive days or temperatures reach 100 degrees F any given day.
The Chester County Commissioners, the Health Department, the Departments of Emergency Services, Office of Aging and Community Development work closely during a Code Red to offer recommendations, cooling stations, and other resources for county residents who may need assistance staying cool during a Code Red.
Extreme heat can pose a challenge to the body's temperature control system. If the body does not cool properly, there is potential for heat-related illness. Heat-related illness can take different forms, ranging from general fatigue to muscular cramping to life-threatening heat stroke.
Those especially at risk during extremely hot weather are very young children, the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and those taking certain medications.
The Chester County Health Department offers the following recommendations during extreme heat:
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, caffeine-free beverages. Water is the best choice. It is important to drink fluids regardless of thirst, because you can become dehydrated without being thirsty.
- Wear light colored and loose fitting cotton clothing.
- Stay in air-conditioning as much as possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, go to an air- conditioned place such as the mall, a movie theater, or the library.
- Do not run fans in a room with the windows shut – you are only circulating hot air.
- Check regularly on elderly or home-bound friends and relatives.
- Eliminate strenuous activity such as running, biking and lawn care work when it is hot.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- If you must be outdoors, stay out of direct sunlight and seek shade; wear a wide-brimmed hat or use an umbrella to create your own shade.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits sweat to evaporate.
- If you must be outdoors, use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 or higher.
- Ask your physician if you are at particular risk because of any medical condition you have or medication you are taking.
NEVER leave a child or pet unattended in a car, even with the windows down. Make a habit of looking inside the vehicle before walking away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds parents that even cool temperatures in the 60's can cause the temperature to rise well above 110 degrees inside your car.
The Department of Aging recommends that seniors who do not have air conditioning visit a local Senior Center to cool down. You do not have to be a member of the Senior Center to visit.
Chester County Senior Centers
- Coatesville Area Adult Senior Center, 250 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Coatesville
- Downingtown Area Senior Center, Thorndale United Methodist Church, 3503 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale
- Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 South Walnut St., Kennett Square
- Oxford Senior Center, 12 East Locust St., Oxford
- Phoenixville Area Senior Center,153 Church Street, Phoenixville
- Surrey Services for Seniors, 60 Surrey Way, Devon
- West Chester Area Senior Center, 530 E Union St., West Chester
Libraries are also a great place to cool down on a hot day See below for a list of Chester County Libraries. Please check for hours
For a list of cooling stations available to those experiencing homelessness during extreme heat, please call ConnectPoints at 1-800-935-3181 for a referral to the nearest location.
Do not call 9-1-1 to report a power outage. Please contact your power provider
- PECO - Report an Outage Online or call 800-841-4141
- PPL - Report an Outage Online or call 800-342-5775
- MetEd - Report an Outage Online or call 800-544-4877
- Verizon - Report an Outage Online or call 1-800-Verizon