Two-day South Jersey heat wave prompts heat illness advisories

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Though summer won’t arrive until Saturday, South Jersey temperatures and heat indexes will rise to unhealthy levels on Tuesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 18. Here are some hints and helpful tips to work, play and stay safe during these hot and humid days./Atlantic County Though summer won’t arrive until Saturday, South Jersey temperatures and heat indexes will rise to unhealthy levels on Tuesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 18. Here are some hints and helpful tips to work, play and stay safe during these hot and humid days./Atlantic County Though summer won’t arrive until this weekend, South Jersey temperatures and heat indexes will rise to unhealthy summer-like levels on Tuesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 18. Here are some hints and helpful tips to know how to work, play and stay safe during these hot and humid days:

Take heat illness precautions

AtlanticCounty health officials remind residents to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness as hot and humid conditions may impact our area mid-week.

Sensitive people are most at-risk. The include children; people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases; the elderly; outdoor laborers; and athletes. Pets are also susceptible to the effects of heat.

Take steps to stay safe and aviod heat illness

There are a number of steps people can take to guard against heat-related illness. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you aren’t thirsty.

Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol which contribute to dehydration.

Spending a few hours a day in an air-conditioned place such as a shopping mall or library can help residents, and particularly those most vulnerable, to cope with hot, humid weather.

The Atlantic County Library System has 10 branches located throughout AtlanticCounty.  Go to www.atlanticlibrary.org to find lcoations.

 Other advice for avoiding heat-related illness:

Check on elderly relatives and neighbors to make sure they are taking proper precautions.

Take advantage of air-conditioned shelters. Residents 60 and older may escape the heat at any of the county’s nine air conditioned senior centers. To find locations, call the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services at 1-888- 426-9243.

Don’t over dress children and give them enough to drink. Those 5 and under are especially sensitive to the effects of the heat.

Don't leave children or pets in enclosed cars because temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels.

Reduce physical activity.

Wear loose and light-colored clothing.

Check with your health provider before taking salt tablets. Salt supplements are not necessary for the general public, although those who regularly work under very hot conditions may need them.

Talk to your health provider about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications, such as tranquilizers and drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, can increase the risk of heat-related illness.

Make sure pets have plenty of water and if left outside, plenty of shade.

For more information on heat-related illness, go to www.aclink.org/publichealth or call the Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5935.

 


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