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How You Can Help Others Beat the Summer Heat
Donate in Your Community
- Unopened water bottles
- New underwear
- White socks
- White T-shirts
- Insect repellent
- Prepackaged snack items
- Lightweight hats
Keep an Eye Out for Children and Pets
Conduct Check-Ins with Elderly Neighbors & Family
For a variety of reasons, the elderly are among the most likely to die from heat-related illnesses. Whether they’re trying to save money by turning off the air conditioning, or simply can’t feel how warm they are getting, there are still ways you can help.
If you have elderly neighbors, check in on them once a week and ask how they’re doing. It helps if you already have an established relationship, but even if you don’t, you can always make up an excuse to stop by. If they need help pulling weeds and don’t have the stamina to stay outside long, offer to help. If you can’t offer your time, you can always contact your city’s neighborhood or human services programs to see if they offer elderly assistance for lawn maintenance – yes, some cities do offer this service!
Call and check in on elderly family members as well. If you’re able to stop by, great! You (probably) don’t need an excuse to stop by and visit family. With family members, you can be more upfront if you suspect something is wrong. If their house is too warm, ask if they’re trying to save on the A/C bill, if they need some portable fans, or if the A/C is just broken and they haven’t realized it.
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Depending on how independent your neighbors and family are, they may not want you to interfere too much. However, by checking on them and letting them know you’re around to help, they’re more likely to think of you when a true emergency arises.
When in Doubt, Call 9-1-1!