Saturday, July 07, 2012
Excessive Heat Warning in Effect on Saturday, 12 noon to 8 PM
An excessive heat warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Saturday, July 7, from 12 noon to 8 PM, with the threat of near triple digit temperatures and a heat index of 110 degrees. All residents need to take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illness. This can be especially challenging for residents who remain without power.
Atlantic County will continue to distribute ice and water to residents today, 8 AM to 4 PM, at the Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township.
Some municipalities may also establish cooling stations to help residents seek relief from the heat. Please call your local office of emergency management for locations and hours of operation.
County library branches are also open today during normal business hours and provide air conditioned relief from the heat. Visit www.atlanticlibrary.org for locations and hours.
Heat-related illness should be taken seriously and residents are reminded of the following precautions:
* Continue to stay hydrated. Don't wait until you are thirsty; increase intake of non-caffeinated and low sugar beverages. Avoid very cold drinks that may cause stomach cramps.
* Avoid participation in strenuous activities during extreme heat. Limit activities to morning and evening hours when temperatures may be lower. Pace yourself and take frequent breaks in shady areas.
* Monitor those most at risk during extreme heat which include the very young, the elderly and the infirm.
* Pets are also susceptible to the heat and should be provided with plenty of fresh water and shade when outdoors.
For more information about heat-related illness visit www.aclink.org/publichealth.