[FORECAST] “Now’s the time to plan ahead for hot and muggy days,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “Heat ranks among the top weather-related killers in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said, “As summer approaches, forecasters say to expect an increase in temperature and longer and more frequent periods of extreme heat. Our bodies have less chance to recover during hot days and warm nights, placing everyone at risk for heat illness. When temperatures and humidity are high, sweat ceases to evaporate and the body’s natural cooling system slows down or shuts down completely. Very hot weather can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and severe respiratory conditions, which can be fatal.”
Regenye added, “Extreme heat especially endangers seniors, young children, people with disabilities, and individuals with breathing conditions and other chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Those without air-conditioning, fans, or access to cooling shelters are also at risk.”
Some hot weather tips include:
- Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.
- Drink plenty of fluids regardless of your level of activity even if you are not thirsty. Drink between 2-4 cups per hour while working outside. Avoid sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks.
- Limit sun exposure from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., and try to schedule outdoor activities in the early morning.
- Dress yourself and your children in loose, light-weight, light-colored clothing that covers the skin. Wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hat.
- Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or more 10 minutes before going out; re-apply every two hours.
- Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car.
Comments are closed.