Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

The scorching heat can be tough on our bodies. Extreme heat is defined as summertime temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. Follow the below tips to make sure you and your loved ones are safe during extreme heat.

Ways to Stay Cool

Stay Cool

  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Limit outdoor activity to when it is coolest, like morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise during the heat.
  • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals – they add heat to your body.

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink more fluids, especially water. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Stay away from sugary and alcoholic drinks.
  • Keep your pets hydrated too and leave the water in a shady area. 

Keep Cool in Your Home

  • Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air-conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.
  • Cover windows with drapes or shades.

Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself.

Symptoms of a heat stroke include:

  • High body temperature (103F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

If you or another person is having a heat stroke, call 911 immediately, move the person to a cooler place, and help lower the person’s temperature with cool clothes or a cool bath.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Tiredness/weakness
  • Fainting (passing out)

If you or a person is experiencing heat exhaustion, move to a cool place, loosen your clothes, put cool, wet clothes on your body, and sip water. Get medical help if you are throwing up, symptoms get worse and last more than 1 hour.

For more information visit, https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html

 

Naloxone Saves Lives

The State of New Jersey is providing naloxone for free at participating pharmacies on June 18, 2019. Visit nj.gov/humanservices/stopoverdoses for a list of participating pharmacies.

No individual prescription needed. No payment or insurance required. No name required.

Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses. It will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limit one per person.

Naloxone Saves Lives

Take Action and Get Screened: Colorectal Cancer

Did you know March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month? In Morris County, from 2011-2015, there were 1,123 new cases of colon and rectum cancer. Most colorectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps in the colon and rectum. These polyps can be present in the colon for years before invasive cancer develops. A colorectal cancer screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. The screening tests that detect colorectal cancer include:

  • Stool test
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT Colonography

Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50. If you are 50 or older, talk with your doctor about getting screened. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/screenforlife.