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MJPD check on elderly, warn residents of record heat wave dangers

LAURIE EVERETT Mt. Juliet News Managing Editor • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM


MT. JULIET - Though City of Mt. Juliet officials have not banned fireworks nor cancelled the city's July 4 fireworks display as of yet, Mt. Juliet Police plan to check on the elderly and there are city-wide respites available to avoid triple digit temperatures.

Record high temps are forecasted through the weekend and MJPD Chief Andy Garrett announced Thursday that if requested by family or friends, police officers will gladly check on those who may be vulnerable.

Police officials are reminding people they should be cognisant of family members who could be adversely affected by the extreme heat and pinpointed children, the elderly and the sick.

"Triple digit temperatures like those we are expecting in the upcoming days can be extremely dangerous, especially for elderly residents and children," said Garrett. "I would like everyone to take steps to stay safe and cool. If you have children or elderly neighbors, please check on them regularly to make sure they are safe."

Community Safety Director Tyler Chandler warned that high temperatures and humidity can lead to major health problems, mostly for the elderly and very young children. Heat related illnesses range from heat rash to heat stroke. He urged residents to watch for signs related to these illnesses. Headaches, skin hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, irregular heartbeat and seizures are symptoms.

At least three Mt. Juliet organizations have opened their doors as respite from the heat. The Mt. Juliet Community Center at Charlie Daniels Park will provide a cool retreat Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Mt. Juliet Senior Center welcomes those who need to get out of the heat each day from noon to 8 p.m. and First Baptist Church welcomes people during the heat wave each weekday  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Garrett urged relatives and friends to make daily visits or phone calls to senior citizens living alone. Residents who are sick or elderly can be placed on a courtesy welfare check list and a MJPD officer will visit during the day to make sure they are safe. Garrett also said people should drink more fluids, but avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and sugar. He also noted strenuous outdoor activity should be avoided and people should stay places that are air conditioned during this extraordinary period of record, triple digit temperatures.

Mt. Juliet News Managing Editor Laurie Everett can be reached at 754-6397 or by email at mtjulietnews@tds.net

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