CAMDEN, NJ—Both the City of Camden and the Office of the Camden County Health Officer have issued a heat advisory from noon to 7 p.m. today, July 3.
“I urge residents to be prepared as the City is experiencing extended periods of dangerously hot weather which are expected to continue through the week.” said Mayor Frank Moran in a statement. “These are conditions that could lead to serious heat related illnesses. As a result, I ask everyone to limit their time outside, avoid unnecessary activity and stay hydrated. Also, please check regularly on elderly neighbors and family members. The City’s cooling centers, pools and spray pools are open for residents who need to escape the heat.”
City of Camden cooling centers are located at:
Charles “Poppy” Sharp Community Center
713-715 Broadway (856) 757-7127
Cramer Hill Community Center
1035 Reeves Ave. (856) 757-7499
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
1151 Haddon Ave. (856) 757-7605
Malandra Hall Community Center
New Jersey & Merrimac Rds. (856) 757-7366
North Camden Community Center
6th & Erie Sts. (856) 757-7291
Isabel Miller Community Center
8th St. & Carl Miller Blvd. (856) 757-7504
The pool located at the North Camden Community Center is open, Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. for children 15 and under; and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 16 and over. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday for maintenance.
The pool located at the Isabel Miller Community Center is open, Friday through Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m. for children 15 and under; and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 16 and over. It is closed on Wednesday and Thursday for maintenance.
The City spray pools will be open seven days a week from noon until 8:00 p.m. Spray pools are located at:
4th & Jasper Street Park
4th & Washington Street Park
7th & Clinton Street Park
Elijah Perry Park – 9th & Ferry Ave.
Farnham Park – Park Boulevard
Northgate Park – 6th & Elm Streets
Pyne Poynt Park – 6th & Erie Streets
Ralph Williams Park – 28th & Mitchell Streets
Rev. Evers Park – Morgan St. & Hunter St.
Camden senior citizens 62 years or older can participate in summer fan program by contacting the City of Camden Department of Human Services - Bureau of Senior Services & Emergency Assistance at 856-757-7339.
To avoid heat-related illness, the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following:
- Avoid, as much as possible, working or playing in the hot sun or other hot areas. If you must be out in the sun, wear a head covering.
- Use air-conditioners and fans. Open windows to release trapped hot air.
- Those taking regular medication should consult with their physician. Some medications cause an adverse reaction in hot weather.
- Wear lightweight clothing.
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids, warm and cool. Because the body loses fluids in the heat, drinking lots of liquids helps to avoid dehydration.
- Maintain a normal diet.
- Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.
- Do not leave older people, children or pets alone in cars.
- Make sure your pets also have plenty of fresh drinking water.
- The early warning signs of heat stress are decreased energy, slight loss of appetite, faintness, light-headedness and nausea.
Serious signs of heat stress include unconsciousness, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, mental confusion, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, staggering and difficulty breathing. People experiencing these symptoms should get to immediate medical attention. In an emergency, dial 911.