With the temperature still stuck near 100 degrees, the Verona Health Department has issued this helpful reminder on heat-related health problems, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Together with sunburn, they send more than 1,200 persons to New Jersey emergency departments every year. If you or anyone you know is having trouble coping with the heat, please call the Verona Health Department at (973) 857-4800.
To avoid health complications from excessive heat:
- Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
- Make sure children and the elderly are drinking water, and ensure that persons with mobility problems have adequate fluids in easy reach.
- If you do not have air conditioning, spend time in air-conditioned places such as libraries, movies, malls or other public buildings during the hottest hours of the day.
- Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors.
- Reduce physical activity or reschedule it for cooler times of the day.
- Don’t leave children, a frail elderly or disabled person, or pets in an enclosed car–not even for a minute–as temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels.
- Talk to your health care 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.
People suffering heatstroke can go from appearing normal to extremely ill in a matter of minutes. Victims may have hot, dry skin, a high body temperature of 106 degrees or more, an absence of sweat, and a rapid and strong pulse. Victims may become delirious or unconscious. Persons suffering from heatstroke need immediate medical attention.
Heat exhaustion is a milder illness that may take several days of high temperatures to develop. Victims may have pale, clammy skin and sweat profusely. They may feel tired, weak or dizzy and have headaches or sometimes cramps, but their body temperature will remain close to normal.
For more information on preventing heat-related illness, please visit the New Jersey Health Department’s Web site.