Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Did you know that extreme heat kills more people than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and lightning combined?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year on average, extreme heat causes 658 deaths in the United States.

“No one should die from a heat wave,” said Dr. Robin Ikeda, acting director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “Taking common-sense steps in extreme temperatures can prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.”

The CDC urges people to combat extreme heat this summer by staying cool, hydrated and informed.

People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and cool themselves properly, and extreme heat can lead to very high body temperatures, brain and organ damage, and even death.

Extreme heat affects everyone, but the elderly, children, the poor or homeless, people who work or exercise outdoors and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk.

The CDC offers these tips to stay hydrated, cool and informed:

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids; start drinking plenty the day before — water or an isotonic drink, NOT carbonated or energy drinks or anything with alcohol or lots of sugar. Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.

Avoid direct sunlight, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, take cool showers or baths and don’t work during the hottest time of the day, which is around 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Pay attention to and respect what your body is telling you. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; and fainting.

Signs of heat stroke include: High body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit); hot, red, dry or moist skin; rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness.

For information, visit cdc.gov/extremeheat.

Centenary hours modified

Operating days and hours have been modified at Centenary State Historic Site, 3522 College St., Jackson.

The Office of State Parks has said that effective Aug. 26, Centenary is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and will close on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

Centenary still will offer activities and events, as well as daily tours, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tours begin at the Professor’s House and include a narrative on the site’s history and tour through the house.

Once outside, the tour passes by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and Main Academic Building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory and continues in the rooms there, where visitors are invited to watch an introductory history video.

For information on Centenary, call (225) 634-7925. For information regarding Louisiana State Parks, visit lastateparks.com.

COA membership drive

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St., Clinton, will hold its annual membership drive from Sept. 3-10. Anyone who would like to join may stop by the center or call (225) 683-9862 for information.

The Council on Aging will conduct a meeting for board members beginning at 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

Additional meetings will be held Dec. 10, March 10 and June 9.

The Council on Aging is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most activities start at 11 a.m., and lunch is served at noon.

East Feliciana Public Transit offers transportation to seniors Monday through Friday to East Baton Rouge Parish.

Send news and events for Around East Feliciana to Stacy Gill at sgill@theadvocate.com by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.