The New Jersey Poison Information & Education System
Excessive Heat Warning for New Jersey
NJ Poison Experts Advise on Heat and Sun-Related
Newark, N.J. - July 6, 2012 - An excessive heat warning is in
effect. Temperatures are expected to reach into the upper
90's and even quite possibly 100 degrees or higher.
The NJ Poison Experts are reminding the public that with a
heat warning in effect, the potential for someone developing
heat-related illness increases significantly. Often referred
to as "heatstroke" or "sunstroke," heat-related illness
occurs when a person's body temperature rises to a dangerous
level. Factors such as underlying medical problems,
dehydration and medication usage all play a role in
heat-related illness. Human beings can reduce their body
temperature in various ways, the most obvious of which is
sweating. On hot, humid days, the increased moisture in the
air slows the evaporation of sweat. When sweating is not
adequate to cool your body, your temperature rises, and you
may become ill.
It is important to remember that the elderly, the very young,
those with chronic illnesses, and pets are at greatest risk
for developing heat-related illnesses. In addition, certain
medications increase one's risk. By knowing who is at risk
and what prevention measures to take, heat-related illness
and death can be prevented
Medications, which increase the risk of developing heat
related illness, include but are not limited to:
• Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline- ElavilR,
imipramine- TofranilR, etc)
• Antihistamines (diphenhydramine- BenadrylR,
• Diuretics (furosemide- LasixR, hydrochlorthiazide,
• Antipsychotics (haloperidol- HaldolR)
Tips to prevent heat illness:
• Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor
against heat-related illness and death.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting, open-woven
• Wear a vented hat in the sun to protect yourself from the
sun's rays. Don't forget sunscreen!
• Drink extra water (fluids) all day and less tea, coffee,
cola and alcoholic beverages! Do NOT wait until you feel
thirsty to drink - it may be too late!
• During outdoor activities, take frequent breaks and drink
plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don't feel
- more -
• Reduce or schedule outdoor activity for cooler times of the
day, before 10am and after 6pm.
• If you have a chronic medical problem, ask your doctor
about how to deal with the heat.
Call the NJ Poison Experts at 1-800-222-1222 if you have any
questions regarding heat-related illnesses. If you suspect
someone may be suffering from a serious heat-related illness,
call 911 and immediately go to the emergency room. In
addition, the NJ Poison Experts are always here to help with
accidents or questions involving medicines, chemicals or
household products, etc. Help is available in over 150
languages; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the
year. Program the Poison Help line (800-222-1222) into your
cell phone and post it near your home and office phones too.
There are no silly questions and trained medical staff are
always available to answer a question, quell a fear, provide
advice, or intervene to get emergency services on site and
prepped to provide the needed protocol in the fastest
response time. When in doubt, check it out - Prevention is
the best possible medicine.
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NJPIES leaders urge medical professionals, parents,
educators, caregivers and the general public to call the
toll-free poison center hot line, 800-222-1222, with any
poison related question as well as for non-emergency
questions regarding medications, household products, plants,
environmental contaminants, or other poisons. The hotline is
accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also chat
or text in using our website, www.njpies.org. Real People.
The NJ poison experts recommend putting the number in all
family cell phones as well as programming it as a speed dial
number on landlines (home and office). In addition,
prominently post the number near all phones in the home and
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About NJPIES As New Jersey's only poison control center, the
New Jersey Poison Information & Education System provides
information on poison prevention and treatments. Chartered in
1983, NJPIES provides free consultation through telephone hot
line services and the Web. Medical professionals such as
physicians, registered nurses and pharmacists offer
confidential advice regarding poison emergencies and provide
information on poison prevention, drugs, food poisoning,
animal bites and more. These specialists are available 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
NJPIES coordinates state poison education and research and is
designated as the regional poison center by the New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services and the American
Association of Poison Control Centers. It tracks incidences
of adverse reactions to food, drugs and vaccines in order to
monitor potential public health issues and provide data to
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. A division of the Department
of Preventive Medicine and Community Health of the New Jersey
Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey. NJPIES has a state-of-the-art center located on
the school's Newark campus.
New Jersey residents seeking immediate information about
treating poison emergencies, and those with any drug
information questions, should call the toll-free hot line,
800-222-1222, any time. The hearing impaired may call
973-926-8008. For more information, visit www.njpies.org or
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is the
nation's largest freestanding public health sciences
university, with more than 5,500 students attending. The
state's three medical schools, a dental school, a graduate
school of biomedical sciences, a school of health-related
professions, a school of nursing and a school of public
health are housed on five campuses - Newark, New
Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford.
Annually, there are more than 2 million patient visits at
UMDNJ facilities and faculty practices at the campuses. UMDNJ
operates University Hospital, a level I trauma center in
Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health
and addiction services network.
As a reminder the following locations may be used as
Emergency Cooling Centers within the City