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Avoiding the Dangers of Heat-Related Illness

Extreme temperatures are in the forecast over the next several days, including heat indexes well over 100 degrees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a number of helpful tips to help beat the heat and avoid heat-related illness.

Some of the tips include:

  • Keeping hydrated throughout the day.
  • Avoiding exercise and outdoor activities during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Visiting malls, libraries and cooling shelters if you do not have air conditioning.
  • Taking cool baths or showers to help reduce body temperature.
  • Checking on friends and relatives who are elderly or have disabilities or other health concerns.
  • Ensuring pets have access to shade and cold water.

More information about the symptoms and prevention of heat-related illness is available here.

New Program Offers College Savings for Every Baby Born in 2019

Students who complete higher education programs often earn more money over the course of their careers than people who don’t have any sort of postsecondary education. A new program helps new parents get a head start toward saving for college.

Thanks to the generous support of private donors, every baby born in 2019 can now receive $100 deposited in a special savings account to cover future higher education expenses. New and expecting parents can register to receive a $100 starter deposit in a PA 529 college savings account through the new Keystone Scholars program administered by the Pennsylvania Treasury.

When it comes to saving money for college, every dollar counts. I encourage local parents to learn more about this innovative new program here.

Assistance Available for Military Families

Eligible PA service members can find help with air conditioner repairs, flooded homes and other problems caused by heat waves and heavy rain, as well as non-weather-related challenges, through PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ Military Family Relief Assistance Program.

Find out how to apply for, or donate to the program, click here.

New Scam Targets Property Tax Rent Rebate Program Applicants

The Department of Revenue recently issued a warning to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities to be aware of scams targeting applicants for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program. As part of the scam, callers claiming to work for the Department of Revenue request banking information from victims. The Department does NOT collect banking information over the phone.

More information about the program – and the newest scam related to it – is available here.

JUST IN:  DEP Offering Grants to Small Businesses and Farmers

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the availability of $1 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first.

The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions and instructional videos for completing the online application, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office website.

Are you going on vacation? Keep would-be robbers away from your home with these tips

There are easy ways to make your home less vulnerable to burglars during vacation.

Making the home look “lived in” by stopping mail delivery and putting lights on timers helps. Installing dead bolt locks on doors can slow a burglar’s ability to enter your home, and in some cases can lead to a discount on insurance. Check out more “Vacation Home Protection” tips here.

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