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PCA’s Heatline active today through Sunday, June 23, 2024; Cooling Centers are open

John Deangelis

A Heat Health Emergency (HHE) was declared for the City of Philadelphia, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2024, and is scheduled to end at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2024, though it may be extended if the forecast worsens. During this time, PCA’s Heatline (215-765-9040) will be active between 8:30 a.m. and midnight.

The Heatline is open to anyone in the city and can provide information on precautions to take against the heat and heat-related illness.

Calls to the PCA Heatline can also be made on a person’s behalf or if there is a heat-related concern about someone in the community. During a Heat Health Emergency, it is especially important that everyone is vigilant about heat and how it can affect those who are most vulnerable, including children, people with disabilities and older adults. PCA encourages all Philadelphia residents to check up on anyone who may be vulnerable during this heat wave.

PCA’s Heatline call center is operated by a team of trained staff who are available to counsel callers about precautions to take against the heat and detecting signs of heat stress. City Health Department nurses will be available to speak with any callers about medical problems related to heat.

Heat Tips

Stay cool: 

  • Stay in air-conditioning at home or in a cool public space. Visit or call 267-515-6720 for free or discounted indoor activities.  
  • The hottest part of the day is from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try to stay out of the sun and avoid strenuous activities, if possible. 
  • Stay hydrated. Drink water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. 
  • If you are hot and don’t feel well, call a doctor. Call 911 if you think someone is having an emergency.   

For more information on the Heat Health Emergency and a list of cooling centers, visit: Health Department Declares First Heat Health Emergency of the Year Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22, 2024 | Department of Public Health | City of Philadelphia

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