Heat Waves Return to Region, Advisories Issued in Camden County

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By Commissioner Virginia Betteridge, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services.


Recently, the Camden County Health Officer issued a Heat Advisory for our region. This was the first heat advisory of the 2023 summer season and during a heat advisory, the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.


When temperatures rise to dangerous levels, remember to stay inside as much as possible, drink plenty of water, and contact a physician if you or a loved one is showing signs of heat stress. It is important that residents continue to check on vulnerable friends, family and neighbors to ensure that they are safe and able to stay cool.


To prepare for hot weather, the county distributed fans to low-income senior citizens in June. Those who did not receive a fan during this distribution period can call the Division of Senior Services at (856) 858-3220.


Additionally, the county has several cooling centers residents can access during this time of extreme heat. To view the full list of cooling center locations and hours, visit www.camdencounty.com/service/health-human-services/cooling-centers


The latest weather forecast obtained by the health department is calling for hot and humid conditions, with temperatures in the high-90s and peak heat index values over 100 degrees.


To avoid heat-related illness, the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following:


• 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.

• Make sure your pets also have plenty of fresh drinking water.

• 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.

For more information on Camden County, visit www.camdencounty.com.