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PECO JOINS HEAT EMERGENCY TASK FORCE

 PHILADELPHIA, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) has joined a city-wide Heat Emergency Task Force to help call attention to the ongoing heat emergency and the establishment of a heat hotline to provide intervention for people suffering from any heat-related health crises.
 The Task Force is made up of community groups, service agencies, public utilities and city government.
 A "HEATLINE" has been established by the Task Force to provide people with emergency information and to assist volunteers in responding to those whose health might be adversely affected by the unrelenting heat.
 The "HEATLINE" telephone number is 215-299-4828. The hotline will be staffed 24 hours a day by volunteers who will have emergency information at their disposal to respond to any need, said Dr. Lawrence Robinson, Deputy City Health Commissioner, at a 2 p.m. news conference hosted by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.
 "During the last heat crisis in 1991, 25 Philadelphians suffered heat-related deaths," said Robinson. "The formation of this Task Force is to prevent this statistic, as much as possible, from recurring."
 The elderly, people with severe medical problems and respiratory illnesses, and handicapped persons who are unable to remove themselves from potentially harmful heat-related conditions, are among the target group, he said.
 PECO will utilize their Crown Lights tonight through Monday to flash the hotline number. The message will read: "HEAT ALERT" -- CHECK ON SENIOR CITIZENS. FOR EMERGENCY INFO CALL 299-4828. The Crown Lights are atop PECO's Center City headquarters at 2301 Market Street.
 Other members of the Task Force include: The City Health Department; Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging; Asian Community Coalition; Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity; Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW); American Lung Association; Center for Disease Control Poison Control Center; Coalition of Advocates for the Rights of the Infirm Elderly (CARIE), and the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
 As a member of the Task Force, PECO, in conjunction with PGW, has helped produce and distribute leaflets containing heat stress intervention information to target areas in the City.
 In addition, PECO field service personnel, including meter readers, have been advised of the signs of heat stress and are keeping an eye out on their routes for elderly customers who may be suffering from heat-related health problems.
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