PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
May 21, 2013

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.
Commissioner

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(609) 984-7160

Christie Administration Encourages New Jerseyans to Follow Safety Tips While Enjoying Outdoor Summer Activities

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the New Jersey Department of Health reminds residents to take precautions to be safe in the water and protect against sunburn - especially in infants and children.

"Enjoy the sun and the water this summer at New Jersey's beaches, lakes and other outdoor recreational areas, but use common sense and protect yourself by wearing sunscreen, a wide-brim hat, sunglasses and foot wear with rubber soles," said Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd. "Drink plenty of water, swim only in protected areas when a lifeguard is present and follow safety rules in pools, lakes and the ocean."

Commissioner O'Dowd stressed that residents should never leave anyone - especially children, individuals with developmental disabilities, the elderly or pets - in vehicles with the windows closed, not even for a minute, as temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels.

Below are several safety tips for those planning trips to New Jersey's beaches, lakes, rivers and other outdoor recreation areas this summer:

Ocean, Lakes and Rivers:
- Accompany children at all times in the water
- Stay within designated swimming areas 
- Swim with a lifeguard present 
- Wear footwear and swim shoes with rubber soles
- Stay away from piers, pilings and diving platforms
- Don't swim against a current

By the Pool:
- Keep lifesaving equipment by the pool: Pole, rope and flotation device
- Post CPR instructions near the pool
- Keep a cell or cordless phone near a pool to dial 9-1-1 in case of emergency
- Enclose pool with self-locking and self-closing fence

Sun Safety/Excessive Heat:
- When possible, reduce strenuous outdoor activity when temperatures are high
- Wear loose and light-colored clothing
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays
- If you do not have air conditioning in your home, take advantage of any air-conditioned public places such as libraries, movies, malls and bowling alleys
-Check on elderly relatives and neighbors during periods of high temperatures to see if they need help

For more information on water safety, visit the CDC water safety webpage. http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/

For more information on heat-related illness please visit: http://nj.gov/health/eoh/hhazweb/cool.htm