SOMERVILLE, NJ – Residents are encouraged to take action to keep them hydrated and as cool as possible during this expanse of summer heat.
The AccuWeather forecast for the next seven days in Somerville shows no break from 90 degree weather: Saturday, 94; Sunday, 97; Monday, 92; Tuesday, 96; Wednesday, 96; Thursday, 92; Friday, 94.
Freiinhalterin Patricia L. Walsh, Liaison Officer for Public Health and Safety; Freeman Brian D. Levine, Liaison Officer for Human Services; and the Somerset County Department of Health would like to share the following tips on preventing heat-related illness:
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stay cool; Stay in the hottest days of the day, look for air-conditioned places like libraries and shopping malls; take cool showers or baths; Limit outdoor activities to the mornings and evenings; avoid direct sunlight; wear loose, bright clothes; and use a shade hat or umbrella to block the sun.
Drink plenty of fluids to replace what you lose through sweat. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink; avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and sugary drinks; Bring a drink with you when you often drink outdoors.
If you have a condition where you need to restrict fluids, talk to your doctor about your specific situation. Note that some medications may increase sensitivity to heat. Do not take salt tablets or use any products that may interfere with your medicines or affect your health unless advised by a doctor. Always consult your doctor and / or pharmacist.
People over the age of 65 are more prone to heat stress than younger people because they can not adapt to temperature changes. Adult seniors are also more likely to have a medical condition or take medications that interfere with the body's ability to regulate its temperature.
Those who live alone should ask a friend or caregiver to look for them during a heatwave and look for signs of heat-related illness. If no one is available, contact the Department of Retirement and Disability Services to sign up for the Phone Reinsurance Program.
The district's telephone reinsurance program is a free service that every day, by individuals who live alone and alone, trained staff calls themselves isolated from the community due to age, health issues or living conditions. Knowing that someone will call every day to check the safety and well-being of a person gives security and safety. The program also helps older adults by providing information and help for services that help improve their quality of life.
For those who want to escape the heat, the board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents over the age of 60 to enjoy the six air-conditioned facilities run by the County Office on Aging and Disability Services. The centers offer cool recreation and a variety of educational, recreational and entertainment activities. (See list of senior centers and operating hours below.)
It is beneficial to recognize heat and heat stroke in oneself and others. Symptoms include muscle spasms, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. If you see someone overheating, bring the person to a cooler place, let them rest for a few minutes and let them slowly drink a cool drink. Seek medical help immediately if you do not feel better.
Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability if not treated immediately. Symptoms of heat stroke include an extremely high body temperature (above 1
Be sure to check your family, friends and neighbors with high risk. Never leave children, pets or people in need of special care during the summer heat in a parked car. Older adults, young children and people with mental illnesses and chronic diseases are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses. Even young and healthy people are at risk when performing strenuous physical activity in hot weather.
For more information on what you can do to prevent heat-related illnesses, visit the CDC website at https: //www.cdc. gov / disaster / extreme heat / or https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/older-adults-heat.html; or visit Ready.Gov at https://www.ready.gov/heat or the Somerset County Health Department website at: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/home/showdocument?id=29610.  Somerset County Senior Citizens Centers: For more information, please contact the Somerset County Office for Aging and Disability Services, toll-free at 1-888-747-1122