Advice on Dealing with the Heat Wave

July 15, 2013
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The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to take extreme precautions as temperatures soar into the middle and upper 90s throughout the week.

“Summer is a great time of year, but, it can also prove to be extremely dangerous during excessive heat waves,” Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “That’s why we are urging people to use the proper precautions in an effort to stay safe and beat the heat.”

The sheriff’s officer is recommending theses safety tips to protect against heat:

  • Stay hydrated at all times by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid the sun.
  • Stay indoors in an air-conditioned area during excessive heat, particularly. the elderly, children and those with health problems.
  • Never leave a pet or child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Check on the elderly, family, friends and neighbors.
  • Avoid strenuous activity outside.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Use a high SPF sunscreen.
  • Dress in loose, lightweight colored clothing.
  • If you experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke immediately call 9-1-1 for help
  • Try to conserve electricity since the demand increases during excessive heat.

“The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, run through the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, is prepared to respond to all emergencies that may arise as a result of this week’s excessive heat,” said Mike Oppegaard, OEM coordinator. “As with any weather related event it’s vital to stay informed and be prepared.”

The National Weather Service is predicting the six- to seven-day heat wave will continue through Friday or Saturday.


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