With heat index numbers over 100 through Sunday evening, July 21, Maplewood and South Orange leaders are providing information and resources for staying cool locally.
South Orange has announced that the municipal pool will be open to all South Orange residents through 8 p.m. July 21 regardless of whether or not season passes have been purchased (however, you can not pay for guests from out of town to join you).
Maplewood has opened a cooling center at the DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Avenue.
Essex County is opening the Codey Arena in West Orange to the greater community for cooling.
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From Maplewood Townshp — Excessive Heat Warning Until July 21, 8:00 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through sunday evening. Heat Index values will be up to 110 degrees.
For those seeking shelter from the extreme heat be advised The Township of Maplewood operates a cooling station located at the DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave. It will be staffed until 8 p.m.
In the meantime you should know that libraries, shopping malls, recreation centers, senior centers, municipal buildings, and other public air-conditioned spaces are good alternatives if you are looking for a place to cool down.
The Maplewood PD’s emergency phone number is 973-762-1234.
Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The excessive heat may quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke. Check on friends, neighbors, seniors, and other vulnerable populations who may not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Take Protective Measures
To prepare for extreme heat, you should:
- Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
- Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
- Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
- Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
During a Heat Emergency
The following are guidelines for what you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
- Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
- Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
From Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura:
With the impending heat wave and forecasts of further hot weather conditions, Sheriff Armando Fontoura, coordinator of the Essex County Office of Emergency Management, today advised all local residents to minimize the health risks associated with excessive temperatures to humans and pets.
“High temperatures and humid conditions have the possibility of making outdoor activities and non air-conditioned facilities extremely dangerous and uncomfortable,” The Sheriff noted. “The elderly and children are most vulnerable to the heat and these weather conditions should never be taken lightly because they may cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sometimes death.”
The Sheriff recommended following these heat related precautions and guidelines:
• Stay indoors and in air-conditioning as much as possible;
• If you do go outside stay in the shade;
• If your home is not air-conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air-conditioned mall, library or community cooling center;
• When outside wear sunscreen along with loose fitting, light colored clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible;
• Drink fluids, particularly water, regularly even if you are not thirsty (limit alcohol and sugary drinks which speed dehydration);
• Never leave children or pets alone in a car;
• Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day;
• Take a cool shower or bath;
• Visit older adults and persons with disabilities who are at risk twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
“Hot, dry skin, an absence of sweat and a rapid and strong pulse are all signs of heat stroke,” The Sheriff said. “If these conditions exist contact 911, your doctor or local emergency medical technician immediately.”
In addition to these tips, Sheriff Fontoura reminded Essex County residents that among others, Codey Arena, Fairmont Shelter, St. Matthews Church, United Community Corp., Irvington Neighborhood and The H.E.L.P. Center would serve as cooling centers through Monday 7/22/19. A complete list of cooling stations in Essex County can be found on www.essexcountynj.org.