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Department of Health and Senior Services Recommends Health Precautions Due to Today’s Excessive Heat

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(Trenton)  With the heat index soaring to 110 degrees today,

 the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) urges the elderly,

disabled and those with chronic medical conditions to drink plenty

of water and visit senior or cooling centers if they do not have air

conditioning.

“These are dangerous weather conditions that can cause heat

stroke  and exacerbate chronic medical conditions, leading to

severe complications and death,” said Acting Commissioner

Dr. Tina Tan.

 The risk of severe illness and death from extreme heat

exposure is highest  among:

·     Older adults, especially those 65 years of age and older

• Adults of all ages with chronic health conditions, especially those with

asthma, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity or psychiatric

disorders

  Residents may locate their nearest cooling center by calling their local

senior center, town hall or by calling NJ EASE at 1-877-222-3737. 

People may also visit the DHSS website for the locations of the

nearest senior center (web.doh.state.nj.us/apps2/seniorcenter/scsearch.aspx)

or Area Agency on Aging (www.nj.gov/health/senior/sa_aaa.shtml).

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