Virginia’s summers typically produce temperatures in the 90s, however triple digit days can be common. On days like these, heat exposure can present health and safety dangers, especially for children, the elderly, and those who have certain medical conditions. Very high body temperatures and dehydration from heat exposure can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even result in death. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) reminds residents to take proper safety precautions for their families.
“Summer days are for everyone to enjoy, especially children, but too much heat isn’t good for anyone,” said VDSS Commissioner Martin D. Brown. “Too often, our local departments of social services see the negative – and sometimes tragic – results of a child, senior citizen or person with an illness or disabilities having been left unattended without proper cooling.”