Heat-wave preparedness safety

Hot weather triggers a variety of medical emergencies, according to Upper Merion Township’s Safety and Codes Department. Even healthy people should take it easy during extremely high temperatures and those with respiratory or other health problems, children and the elderly must be especially careful. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Drink extra fluids, but avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. Alcohol and caffeine can cause dehydration.

To prevent a heat-stress emergency, be sure to drink before you’re thirsty and drink often. Eat a healthy diet. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of a breathable material.

If you can, work and exercise in the cooler hours of the morning or evening.

Tennis, anyone?

The Upper Merion Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a bus trip to see the U.S. Open Tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., on Thursday, Sept. 1. Tickets guarantee a seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium; other courts are first-come, first-served. The trip is $120 for residents and $135 for nonresidents. The bus departs from Upper Merion at 7:15 a.m. and will leave New York at 6:30 p.m. For more information, stop by the Park and Recreation Department or call it at 610-265-1071.

Front-yard tree-planting

The Upper Merion Shade Tree Commission and Upper Merion Tree Tenders are teaming up this summer and fall to bring residents an easy, affordable way to participate in “Shades of Green: 1,000 Trees for Upper Merion.” These two groups will apply for a residential front- yard tree grant from the TreeVitalize program, which will subsidize the cost of trees so that residents will only need to provide a co-pay of about $40 per tree.

The trees will be of substantial sapling size (12-15 feet high and 1.5-2 inches in trunk diameter) and worth roughly $80 to $100. They will be “bare root,” which makes them lightweight and very easy to handle. Residents can order trees in August from a list of available species, ranging from small ornamentals to large shade trees. Trees will be available for pickup in November.

To learn more about this unique opportunity to plant a beautiful tree in your front yard, plan to attend an information session at the Upper Merion Township Building, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m.


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