Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2017

Be Aware of Heat Stroke Risks

“Spraygrounds” offer a chance for children to cool off on a hot summer day. This one is located at the County’s Ponderosa Farm Park on Cooper Road in Scotch Plains.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents a heat advisory for Union County and the metro area is still in effect.

“As the heat wave continues please observe some simple safety precautions that can help reduce your risk of heat stroke, and keep an eye out for children, seniors and others who may be more vulnerable to overheating,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Heat stroke is a serious condition that can be fatal. Protective measures include:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and limit time outdoors.
  • To cool off, visit a community center, public library or other public space with air conditioning.
  • Check on neighbors who are elderly or who may be in need of assistance.
  • When working outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air conditioned space.

“Don’t hesitate to call for emergency medical attention if you experience the symptoms of heat stroke, or if you observe the symptoms in other persons,” said Bergen.

Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Fainting
  • Throbbing headache.
  • Dizziness and light-headedness.
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat.
  • Red, hot, and dry skin.
  • Muscle weakness or cramps.
  • Behavioral changes such as disorientation or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak.
  • Rapid, shallow breathing

Union County’s Trailside Nature & Science Center offers a fun respite from the heat. Admission is free every day of the week, and there is a modest fee for special events and activities. Visit ucnj.org for a full schedule.

For a list of playgrounds in County parks with water features visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation/spraygrounds (please note that the Snyder Avenue Park sprayground was closed for repairs and is expected to re-open this week).

Information on Union County’s Ulrich Pool in Rahway River Park is available at ucnj.org/parks-recreation/pools.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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