MORRISTOWN, NJ - Temperatures are expected to say in the 90 degree range this week, according to the National Weather Service. Due to the excessive temperatures in the area, The New Jersey Department of Health is urging resident to take steps to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
“Illnesses caused by excessive heat can require hospitalization at times and even be a life-threatening condition,” said Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett. “In extremely hot weather, it is vital to drink plenty of fluids, spend time in cool places and reduce or reschedule any physical activity. And please remember to check on elderly family members and neighbors to make sure they are safe.”
To help residents deal with the high temperatures, the Town of Morristown is opening two cooling centers. The Firehouse, located at 161 Speedwell Avenue will be open Sunday (July 24) evening through Monday morning (July 25). The Morristown Senior Center, located at Town Hall, 200 South Street will be open from Monday July 25 through Friday July 29. Hours of operation will be from 8:30am - 4:30pm
Mayor Dougherty has opened Burnham Pool to all Morristown residents from Monday July 25 through Friday July 29. Guests must show identification as proof of residency.
High heat can be dangerous and can cause serious health issues. The New Jersey Department of Health has offered these tips to avoid complications from the high temperatures:
- Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
- Make sure children and the elderly are drinking water, and ensure that persons with mobility problems have adequate fluids in easy reach.
- Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection
- If you do not have air conditioning, spend time in air-conditioned places such as libraries, movies, malls or other public buildings during the hottest hours of the day.
- Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors.
- Avoid any outdoor activity during the hottest hours of the day. Reduce physical activity or reschedule it for cooler times of the day (early morning or evening).
- Don't leave children, a frail elderly or disabled person, or pets in an enclosed car -- not even for a minute -- as temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels.
- Consult health care professionals regarding about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications -- such as tranquilizers and drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease -- can increase the risk of heat-related illness.
- Keep pets indoors in air conditioned rooms during periods of extreme heat.
- Never leave dogs or other pets in parked cars; the temperatures in parked cars rise rapidly and can reach dangerous levels in only a few minutes.
- Limit exercise on hot days to early mornings and evenings when the temperatures are lower.
- Provide ample cool water and shade to pets while they are outside.
The NJDOH states that people and pets suffering heatstroke can go from appearing normal to extremely ill in a matter of minutes and need immediate medical attention.