With temperatures predicted to rise as high as 100 degrees, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind everyone it’s crucial to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed during extreme weather. Here are some suggestions for staying safe and comfortable when the mercury rises.
Stay indoors in an air-conditioned space as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, remember that the Township of North Bergen offers three cooling centers in times of excessive heat: the two libraries and the Recreation Center. Details are available on the website when the cooling centers are open.
Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, and pace yourself to cut down on exercise during the heat.
Drink plenty of fluids, and be sure to keep your pets hydrated as well. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. And replace salt and minerals that are lost through heavy sweating.
Never leave children or animals inside vehicles in hot weather. Even with a window left open a few inches, temperatures can rise by 20 degrees in a matter of minutes, leading to hyperthermia or heatstroke.
Monitor anyone at high risk, especially infants, young children, and senior citizens. Closely watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
For more details and safety tips click here to visit the CDC website. For more information on animal safety click here for the Humane Society or click here for the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. For information on senior safety, click here.