Members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army are opening their doors to anyone wanting to get out of the heat.

"Some residents might not have working air conditioners," said Major Sharon Whispell, Tamaqua Salvation Army. "Anyone can come to our Tamaqua Salvation Army building to get out of this heat wave."

Cold refreshments and snacks will be provided at no charge and guests with caged or leashed pets are also permitted," added Whispell.

"Everyone should spend time each day checking on their friends and neighbors, no matter their ages," said Whispell. "It only takes a few seconds to care."

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), heat is one of the leading weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In the disastrous heat wave of 1980, more than 1,250 people died. In the heat wave of 1995, more than 700 deaths in the Chicago area were attributed to heat, making this the deadliest weather event in Chicago history. In August 2003, a record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives.

The center, 105 West Broad Street, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as long as the hot weather warrants. Anyone needing assistance after-hours from the heat can call (570) 668-1234 for more information.