Many schools in the region sent students home early because of the hot weather. New Jersey’s health commissioner is urging residents to take some precautions to prevent heat-related problems.State Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd says overdoing it in the heat and humidity can result in heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
“Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, skin that is cold, pale, and clammy, feinting or vomiting, and a rapid or uneven pulse. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a family member you should seek medical attention immediately,” said O’Dowd.
O’Dowd recommends reducing physical activity and drinking plenty of water or non-alcoholic beverages. If you don’t have air conditioning, she says you can cool off by visiting a public place such as a shopping mall or library.
“There has been some indication that the ozone levels are higher and that will affect individuals that have difficulty with breathing issues such as asthma,” said O’Dowd. “Stay indoors as much as possible. Make sure if you have a medical condition that you have your medicines handy and readily available to you.”