Gloucester County offers tips on how to beat the summer heat

This week, Gloucester County will experience high temperatures which can be dangerous to all residents including children and the elderly.

“With these high temperatures rolling in it’s important to be sure children, pets and yourself are safe and healthy,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “Be sure to stay inside in a safe place with air conditioning, open windows or fans.”

Residents are urged to watch for signs of heat-related illness, which include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and excessive sweating.

The Gloucester County Department of Health shares the following tips:

*   Drink plenty of water
*   Stay cool indoors and limit outdoor activity
*   Use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher
*   Wear light-colored, loose clothing
*   Check on older family members, neighbors and friends
*   Do not leave kids, older adults or pets in vehicles

“We suggest to stay inside especially during warmer parts of the day. Try to do your articles in the morning or in the evening when the sun isn’t as strong,” said Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Department of Health. “Don’t forget to check on our vulnerable populations like children, the disabled and the elderly.”

If you have any questions, please reach out the Gloucester County Department of Health at (856) 218-4101 or visitwww.gloucestercountynj.gov.