Begin hydrating for Sunday’s Fast; Temps around 100 degrees; Tips from Lakewood Hatzolah

Lakewood will be seeing extreme temperatures over the next few days, with Sunday – Shiva Asar B’Tamuz (Fast-Nidche) – reaching approximately 100 degrees.

Those fasting, should begin hydrating today.

Below are tips from Lakewood Hatzolah regarding extreme temperatures:

High temperatures and humid conditions have the possibility of making outdoor activities and non air-conditioned facilities extremely dangerous and uncomfortable. Be mindful of the threats that heat waves pose such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke etc. These threats can be minimized and eliminated if we practice heat-related precautions and guidelines.

The elderly and children are the most susceptible to heat stroke and exhaustion, although anyone can be affected. Hot, dry skin, an absence of sweat and a rapid and strong pulse, are all signs of heat stroke. If you have elderly family members, friends or neighbors, be sure to check in on them to make sure they are keeping cool, especially if they live alone.

Hatzolah recommends these safety tips:

Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible

If you do go outside stay in the shade

Wear sunscreen outside, along with clothes that cover as much skin as possible

Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol, and sugary drinks which speeds dehydration

Never leave children alone in the car

Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day

Take a cool shower or bath

Be a good neighbor, check on elderly and people with disabilities in your community who may need assistance keeping cool

Should you experience any of the above symptoms please do not hesitate to call our emergency line 732-370-3600

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3 COMMENTS

  1. SOME RABBANIM PROHIBIT TAKING SHOWERS ON FAST DAYS…

    (as well as brushing yor teeth)

    so do so before the fast begins…

    in LAKEWOOD:
    FAST BEGINS AT 3:45 AM (DAWN DEGREES)

    OR AT 4:19 AM (DAWN FIXED MINUTES)

    eating in a manner of ‘achilas kva’ may not be started within 30 minutes of dawn…conslt your Local Orthodox Rabbi…

    MyZmanim.com

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