SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - As temperatures climb, the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders is encouraging residents to take measures to stay hydrated and remain cool in the summer heat.

According to a release from the county, tips for preventing heat-related illness include drinking more fluids, spending time in air-conditioned facilities, wearing light-weight clothing and limiting outdoor activities to the morning or evening.

For more information, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/features/extremeheat.

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The county also recommends visiting a library during the hot months as a way to protect against hot summer days. A list of locations for county libraries can be found at http://www.somerset.lib.nj.us/locationlist.html.

For residents ages 60 and older, there are seven air-conditioned facilities operated by the county Office on Aging and Disability Services. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and they offer cool respite as well as a variety of educational and recreational activities for older adults.

In addition, those who live alone should ask a friend to check on them during periods of extreme weather. If no one is available, county residents can contact the Office on Aging and Disability Services to register for the Telephone Reassurance Program, a free service that offers a daily phone call by trained staff to people living alone.

The program also provides information and assistance for services that will help older adults enhance quality of life. Those with questions can call 908-704-6346, or 1-888-747-1122.

Senior facilities are located on Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge, South Branch Road in Hillsborough, South Third Avenue in Manville, Skillman Road in Skillman, New Brunswick Road in Somerset, First Avenue in Raritan and Warrenville Road in Warren.