- Califon, Califon Borough Municipal Building, 39 Academy St, Califon, N.J. Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Clinton Township, Annandale Hose Company #1, 68 Beaver Ave., Annandale, N.J. 08801. 908-735-8800. Available upon request/as needed. Call first
- Flemington, Flemington Borough Hall, 38 Park Ave., Flemington, N.J. 08822. 908-782-8840. Tues. – Fri. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Flemington Library, 118 Main St., Flemington, N.J. 08822. 908-782-5733 Mon. & Wed., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. / Tues. & Thurs., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Hampton, Hampton Borough Municipal Building, 1 Wells Ave., Hampton, N.J. 08827. 908-537-2329. Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Holland Township, Holland Township Fire Company Station #1, 971 Milford Warren Glen Rd., Milford, N.J. Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Note: There is no established cooling center at the community center.)
- Lambertville, The Free & Public Library of the City of Lambertville, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville, N.J. 08530. 609-397-0275 / email@example.com
- Milford Borough, Milford Public Library, 40 Frenchtown-Milford Road, Milford, NJ 08848
(908) 995-4072 Wednesday 12 - 8 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 5– 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Raritan Township, Raritan Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Drive Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 285-0549 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday
- Readington Township, Township of Readington Municipal Building, 509 Route 523, Whitehouse Station, N.J. 08889. 908-534-5909. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Note: Residents may also use the Three Bridges Library during hours of operation.)
- West Amwell Township, West Amwell Township Municipal Building, 150 Rocktown-Lambertville Rd., Lambertville, N.J. 08530. 609-397-2054. Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
In Warren County, the Hackettstown Municipal Building, 215 Stiger St., will be utilized as a cooling center this week (July 15 - July 19) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for any Hackettstown resident who may lose power or doesn’t have an air conditioning unit.
If a resident loses power, the municipal building can also be a charging station for cell phones, computers, etc.
Some tips for dealing with excessive heat:
Air conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.
During conditions of extreme heat, spend time in locations with air conditioning, such as shopping malls, public libraries, etc.
Stay hydrated: Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages and increase fluid intake, regardless of your activitiy level.
Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages which can increase the risk of dehydration.
Never, ever leave anyone inside a parked car, including children, the elderly or pets.
The National Weather Service advises that even when it's only 80 degrees outside, it can take just two minutes for the inside of your car to heat up to 123 degrees.
Avoid heavy exertion, extreme heat and sun exposure whenever possible.
Monitor high risk individuals by checking on elderly neighbors as well as children.
Limit outdoor activity to early morning or the evening hours.
Dress in light-colored, loosely fitting clothing.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.
The worst of this six to seven-day heat wave will probably occur Thursday and Friday when the heat index is between 100 and 105 degrees.
Emergency management officials urges residents and visitors to be prepare for the dangerous conditions.
“The elderly, young children and infants and those who are medically compromised are most at risk to heat related illness. We are recommending everyone limit their time outdoors Tuesday and stay hydrated," said Hunterdon County, N.J., Emergency Management Coordinator Brayden Fahey.
"While we have recently faced a long period of hot weather, Tuesday’s forecast indicates it will be the most dangerous conditions we have seen this summer. If someone is experiencing a medical emergency the 9-1-1 system should be activated and professional assistance summoned quickly,” Fahey added.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness.
Heat stroke occurs when the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.
Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.
Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment.
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