“In light of it being September temperatures are still dangerously hot for young children, the elderly and pets,” said freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, who reminded residents to stay out of the sun as much as possible, check on elderly relatives and neighbors and limit the amount of physical work done outside.
During a heat emergency, the county recommends each municipality open a cooling center to the public.
Collingswood's cooling centers include the library at 771 Haddon Avenue; the senior center at 30 Collings Avenue; the borough hall at 678 Haddon Avenue; and the fire house at 20 West Collings Avenue.
The Camden County Department of Health and Human Services also recommends wearing a head covering while outside; using air conditioners and fans; opening windows; wear light clothing; drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids; maintain a normal diet; shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature; and don’t leave older people, children and pets in cars.
They also recommend those taking medication consult their doctors, as some medications can cause adverse reactions in hot weather.
They recommend people experiencing symptoms of heat stress should seek immediate medical attention, and call 9-1-1 in extreme emergencies.
These symptoms include unconsciousness, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, mental confusion, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, staggering and difficulty breathing.
Anyone with a person experiencing these symptoms is advised to move the person to a cool area, remove excess clothing, spray with water, and fan the person while waiting for medical help to arrive.