Fans Available For Residents at Risk

by Press Release-Burlington County | Aug 8, 2007
Fans Available For Residents at Risk Due to the local National Weather Services’ Heat Warning until 8 p.m. Wednesday in Burlington County, fans are available for low-income elderly and disabled residents at risk.

“We want to assist vulnerable county citizens and avoid a heat emergency by providing fans to residents in need,” Freeholder Dawn Marie Addiego said.

Residents should call the County Office of Aging at (609) 265-5069. Office staff will gather information and if they are eligible, the Office of Human Services will coordinate distribution. Residents also can call the County Health Department at 609-265-5548 or CONTACT at 2-1-1 for guidance on preventing heat-related illnesses.

Individuals without air conditioning who are at risk, such as the elderly or disabled, should be visited at least twice a day and watched for any symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are preventable. The first step is to drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration will often occur on days when there are high temperatures and can progress into more serious heat-related illness. (

Additional tips to prevent dehydration and other heat-related illnesses include
* Avoid caffeinated or high-sugar beverages and alcohol – these fluids dehydrate the body rather than hydrate like water and sports drinks
* Avoid carbonated beverages, which can cause bloating and keep people from drinking enough fluid to rehydrate
* Wear light colored, absorbent, loose fitting clothing
* Stay indoors or in cool, shady areas when possible, protect your skin with sun block, wear a hat and sunglasses
* Limit your exercise. If you must exercise, drink 2 to 4 glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour. •
* Use a buddy system if working outdoors
* Don’t leave babies, children or pets in cars
* Provide plenty of cool, fresh water for pets in shady area

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke occur when bodies are unable to properly cool themselves. Heat stroke is an extreme rise in body temperature and the body cannot rid itself of the excess heat. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not sought. Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat stroke that can occur from long exposures to high temperatures.

For more information on heat-related illnesses, prevention tips and first aid recommendations, go to
* Burlington County Health Department website – www.co.burlington.nj.us
* New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Service –www.state.nj.us/health
* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov

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Author: Press Release-Burlington County

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