For Immediate Release: July 19, 2013
In the past several days, AtlantiCare has seen an increase in heat-related illnesses. Emergency teams at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City (Atlantic City) and Mainland (Pomona) campuses, as well as its Satellite Emergency Department in Hammonton, offer following tips for staying safe in the excessive heat:
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration increases with high temperatures whether you are indoors or outside.
Seek shade. Whether it’s from a beach umbrella, a tree, or the comfort of the indoors, shade provides relief from the sun.
Avoid strenuous activities. Exercising or performing other rigorous activities in the heat pushes your body beyond its limits. Perform outdoor activities early in the morning before the sun is up, or wait until evening when temperatures have cooled down. Drink plenty of water and electrolyte-rich beverages.
Use protection. When you’re enjoying the beach or other outdoor activities, cover up. Wear a hat and stay in shaded areas. Wear loose, light-colored clothing to avoid heat intensification. Use SPF 30 sunscreen, and remember to put it on your ears and feet.
Insulate. If you’re on the beach, dig six inches into the sand to get to cooler sand. Sand temperature can drop as many as 30 degrees once you get beneath the top layers which have been heated by the sun. Never bury yourself or children in the sand.
Be alert - Check on elderly family members and neighbors and those with health issues, including diabetes and heart disease, to make sure they are staying cool and that they are safe.
Remember that children can also be at increased risk for heat exhaustion.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion, which include cramps, loss of color, fatigue, and excessive sweating. If you or a loved one experiences these, get out of the heat and drink water.
Call 911 if you or a loved one experiences fainting, dizziness, palpitations, or confusion.
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