Cape May Court House, NJ – Freeholder Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. reminds residents and visitors to Cape May County that high temperatures and humid conditions have the potential of making outdoor activities and non air-conditioned facilities extremely dangerous and uncomfortable.
Freeholder Sheets said, “Exposure to extreme temperatures for an extended period of time could cause serious health conditions. Taking precautions and following simple guidelines can minimize or eliminate the dangers of a heat wave.”
The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management wants residents to know the signs and to take necessary precautions.
The following are heat related safety tips:
• Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
• If you do go outside stay in the shade
• If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air
conditioned mall, library or other public place
• Wear sunscreen outside, along with loose fitting light colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
• Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol, and sugary drinks
which speeds dehydration
• Never leave children or pets alone in the car
• Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day
• Take a cool shower or bath
• Check on elderly and special needs individuals in your community who may need assistance keeping cool.
If you are need of a place to cool off, visit your local library or senior center and contact your local office of emergency management.