Please be advised that the County Health Officer has issued a Heat Health Emergency for today Monday, July 2nd 2018 upgrading the previous Heat Alert issued last Friday. Municipalities are expected to follow their Heat Health Emergency protocols including opening up cooling centers to accommodate their immediate needs. Below you will find facts about extreme heat events and how to properly take care of your population.
Extreme heat events are the most dangerous natural hazard in the United States; contributing to hundreds of deaths in New Jersey per year. Be aware of the weather; if it seems unseasonably warm outside reduce exposure to heat and sun, take precautions to stay cool, and help those unable to take care of themselves such as the elderly and children.
- Symptoms: Redness and pain. Swelling of skin, blisters, fever, and headaches.
- First Aid: Ointments or a dry sterile dressing. Severe cases should be seen by a doctor.
- Symptoms: Painful spasms of muscles. Heavy sweating.
- First Aid: Firm pressure on muscles, or gentle massage. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue use.
- Symptoms: Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale, and clammy. Weak pulse. Fainting and vomiting.
- First Aid: Get victim out of sun. Lay down and loosen clothing. Apply cool wet cloth. Give sips of water, unless nausea occurs. If vomiting continues, seek medical attention.
- Symptoms: High body temperature (106°F or higher). Hot dry skin. Rapid and strong pulse, possible unconsciousness.
- First Aid: Find emergency medical assistance immediately. Move victim to a cooler environment and reduce body temperature with a cool bath or sponging. Do not give fluids.