Georgia is in for a dangerously hot weekend. Temperatures could climb above 100, with heat indices expected between 105 and 110.
Fulton County seniors looking to beat the heat can find free shelter at one of several facilities that will serve as cooling centers.
Normally at the Harriett Darnell Center in Northwest Atlanta seniors sit in the rocking chairs outside in the shade. But the action Friday moved indoors where it’s air-conditioned.
Sarah Hilton with the Office On Aging says they open the Fulton County senior centers as cooling stations in this kind of heat.
“Some people are on medication, which can impact how they experience heat.”
The elderly are more at risk for heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
77 year old Shirley G. Tucker says she’s worried about friends who don’t have air conditioning.
“The fans not working now, you know that. When it gets this hot the fan just brings heat in.”
Health officials recommend everyone stay indoors, drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages, which dehydrate you. If you get dizzy, or experience nausea, call 911. That is a sign of heat exhaustion.
Fulton County officials announced four senior centers will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents without air conditioning are encouraged to come. Other neighborhood senior facilities will be available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during dangerously high temperatures.
Senior centers open include the Dorothy Benson center in Sandy Springs, the H.J.C. Bowden center in East Point, the Hariett G. Darnell center in northwest Atlanta and the Helene S. Mills center in southeast Atlanta.
Forecasters also recommend wearing light-weight, light-colored clothing. And they warn against ever leaving children or pets in vehicles.