The Camden County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert for Camden County until 8 p.m. Tuesday night.
Residents are encouraged to look for their nearest cooling center.
To avoid heat-related illness the Camden Department of Health and Human Services suggests
* Avoid, as much as possible, working or playing in the hot
sun or other hot areas. If you must be out in the sun, wear a head covering. A
wide-brimmed hat or visor will not only protect your head from intense rays of
the sun, it will also provide a shield for your eyes.
* Use air-conditioners and fans. Open windows to release trapped hot air.
* Those taking regular medication should consult with their physician. Some medications cause an adverse reaction in hot weather.
* Wear lightweight clothing.
* Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids, warm and cool. Because the body loses fluids in the heat, drinking lots of liquids helps to avoid dehydration.
* Maintain a normal diet.
* Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.
* Do not leave older people, children or pets alone in cars.
* The early warning signs of heat stress are decreased energy, slight loss of appetite, faintness, light-headedness and nausea. People experiencing these symptoms should go to a cool environment, drink liquids, remove excess clothing and rest.
Serious signs of heat stress
include: unconsciousness, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest
pain, mental confusion, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps,
staggering and difficulty breathing. People experiencing these symptoms
should get to immediate medical attention. While waiting for help, move
the person to a cool area, remove excess clothing, spray with water, and fan
the person. In an emergency, dial 911.