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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2015
Contact:  Scott Salotto (845) 638-5645
                Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

KEEP YOUR COOL IN THE HEAT

NEW CITY, NY - -  Summer is here and so is the hot weather! The current forecast calls for high temperatures in the 90's with humidity. These weather conditions can cause heat stroke and worsen chronic medical conditions, leading to severe complications and death. Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert urge residents to take simple steps to stay cool and help prevent heat-related illnesses.

"Extreme heat can pose dangers, but there are many things we can do to reduce heat-related problems.  While summertime heat can be dangerous for anyone, those most at risk from the heat include older adults, young children, and those with chronic medical conditions such as heart problems and breathing or lung problems," said Dr. Ruppert.

To protect yourself and your family when the weather is very hot, follow the tips below:

  • Never leave children, pets or those with special needs in a parked car, even briefly. Temperatures in the car can become dangerous within a few  minutes.
  • Use air-conditioning to cool down or go to an air-conditioned building or cooling center.  Check with your town and village halls to see where you can go to cool off.
  • If you don't have air-conditioning, open windows and shades on the shady side and close them on the sunny side to try to cool it down.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks. (If your doctor generally limits the amount of  fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink  while the weather is hot).
  • Beat the heat with cool showers and baths.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and take regular breaks from physical activity.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
  • Wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat (e.g., straw or mesh) when in the sun and even if it is cloudy.
  • Check on your neighbors such as the elderly or those in poor health to see if they need assistance.

For more information about keeping cool in the summer heat, visit the New York State Department of Health website at www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hot/.  Updates on weather conditions are available from the National Weather Service www.weather.gov.