ALERT: Rockland Hatzolah Warns Residents About Heatwave Over Tisha B’Av

Attention Rockland Residents,

As you may be aware, we are anticipating a heatwave in the coming days, which coincides with Tisha B’Av.

This extreme weather condition can pose significant health risks, particularly for those with pre-existing health issues or difficulties fasting.

In light of this situation, we strongly advise individuals with health concerns or fasting difficulties to prioritize their well-being and take necessary precautions.

Please consider the following recommendations:

Stay Indoors: Whenever possible, remain indoors in well-ventilated and air-conditioned spaces during the peak hours of the heatwave.

Hydration: Drinking an adequate amount of water before beginning a fast is crucial for maintaining hydration during the fasting period. Proper hydration helps prevent the risk of dehydration and heat-related illnesses, especially during hot weather or extended fasting periods.

Avoid Strenuous Activities: Refrain from engaging in physically demanding activities, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

Seek Medical Advice: If you have any underlying health conditions or concerns about fasting, consult with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance.

Be Aware of Heat-Related Illnesses: Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, and seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else shows signs of these conditions.

Look Out for Others: If you know of anyone in your community who may be vulnerable to the heat, such as elderly individuals or those with chronic illnesses, check in on them and offer assistance if needed.

Our primary concern is the well-being of each member of our community, and we encourage everyone to take these precautions seriously. While fasting is an essential aspect of Tisha B’Av, health and safety should always be a top priority.

If you are experiencing difficulties with fasting, it is essential to seek guidance and advice from your local Rav. They can provide you with personalized advice based on your specific circumstances and health concerns.

May we all come together in support and care for one another during this challenging time. Wishing you a meaningful and safe Tisha B’Av.

Hatzoloh Of Rockland County

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