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Hot Weather Changes Programs, Policies in Sussex County

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - Another round of heat on Delmarva hits home for some organizations across Sussex County.

At various CHEER Centers in Sussex County, programs for senior citizens have been postponed due to high heat.

"We cancel all of our discretionary travel and trips," says CHEER CEO Ken Bock. "Transportation we'd normally be making to local stores and things like that, we try and postpone to a cooler day."

Bock also says they train their aides who visit seniors in their homes to look for signs of heat exhaustion, and they fill every bus with cold bottled water. 

"If for any reason a vehicle got stranded out there or for any reason somebody was starting to experience the effects of heat exhaustion, we have cold bottled water right then and there to provide them immediately on site," he says.

Another place the heat changes things is at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Georgetown. Director of Operations Walter Fenstermacher says they move all "Meet & Greets" between shelter dogs and their prospective owners inside due to the weather, and they only walk dogs in 5-10 minute increments.

"Test your pavement before you take your dog on the walk," he says. "If you put your palm down for four seconds and it's too hot to hold, it's going to be too hot for your dog to walk on." 

"If they're off leash, [the dogs] like to run around they get hot quicker," Fenstermacher tells WBOC. "So walking them on leash, we can monitor them more closely because it only takes a few minutes or even a few seconds for a dog to get too hot and even to collapse."

Heat exhaustion is also a concern in Rehoboth Beach, but for humans. Rehoboth Beach Patrol Captain Kent Buckson says this hot weather can be dangerous for people who spend their day at the beach.

"A lot of people tend to just rush down to the beach in the morning and they don't really eat breakfast or hydrate, they're just more focused on getting here," he says. "Once they get on the beach they lay out and sunbathe....enjoying the sun, they fall asleep maybe.. [then they] wake up, stand up, next thing you know they're lightheaded and they pass out."

Buckson says his lifeguards are trained to look for signs of heat exhaustion, and will dip towels in the ocean to drape over possible patients. He says the hot weather also brings out specific instructions for his lifeguards.

"I told them to prepare for a very hot day and tomorrow," he says "I advised them to stay hydrated throughout the day, force themselves to drink stay in the shade, put an umbrella up and also asked them to jump in the ocean every 30-45 minutes to kind of cool the body down."

Buckson says one way people can beat the heat is to prepare before it hits.

"They need to hydrate and eat properly the night before," he says. "That will carry them throughout the day."




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