NEWARK, NJ – 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;

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·        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.

The Sheriff announced the location and hours of the following cooling centers:Essex County-

​Codey Arena - 7 am till 10 pm

Belleville-

​Senior Center - 125 Franklin Avenue - M-F 8am-4pm Sat 10am-8pm

Bloomfield-

​Civic Center - 84 Broad Street - 8am-4pm

​Bloomfield High School - 160 Broad Street - 8am-4pm

Caldwell-

​Community Center -One Provost Square -8am - 4pm

​Caldwell Library - 268 Bloomfield Ave - 8am - 4pm

Cedar Grove-

Municipal Town Hall - 525 Pompton Ave - 8am - 4am

East Orange-

​East Orange Public Library - 21 S Arlington Ave - Mon-Thur 9am-8pm Fri 10am - 6pm Sat 9:30am-1:30pm

​East Orange Senior Center - 90 Halstead St - Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30am

Essex Fells

​Borough Hall - 255 Roseland Ave - 8am - 4pm

Fairfield

​Fairfield Recreation Complex - 221 Hollywood Ave - 8am - 4pm

Glen Ridge

​Library - 240 Ridgewood Ave. -Mon. & Wed 12 PM - 8 PM Tues 9 AM- 8PMThur & Fri 9 AM- 5 PM

​Gen Ridge Senior Community Center - 228 Ridgewood Ave - Fri 8AM - 4 PM

Irvington

​Irvington Public Library 5 Civic Square-Mon, Tues & Thurs 9AM-9PM Fri. 9AM-5:30PM

Livingston

​Community Center - 204 Hillside Ave 8 AM- 4 PM

​Livingston Mall - 112 Eisenhower Pkwy - 8 AM - 9 PM

Maplewood

​Dehart Community Center - 120 Burnett Ave - 8 AM - 4 PM

​Memorial Library - 51 Baker Street -8 AM - 4 PM

​Hilton Branch Library - 1688 Springfield Ave - 8 AM - 4 PM

Millburn

​Bauer Community Center - Taylor Park/Main St - 8 AM - 4 PM

​Mall @ Short Hills - 1200 Morris Tpke - 8 AM - 9 PM

​Millburn Public Library- 200 Glen Ave - 9:30 AM - 4 PM

Montclair

​Public Library - 50 S. Fullerton Ave - 8 AM - 4 PM

​Public Library - 185 Bellevue Ave - 8 AM - 4 PM

​Town Hall/Council Chambers - 205 Claremont Ave - 8 AM - 4 PM

Newark

​Bethany Senior Center - 275 W. Market St - 9 AM - 4 PM

​Ironbound Recreational Facility - 226 Rome St. - Mon-Fri. 9 AM - 4 PM Sat. 9 ​AM 6:00 PM 9 AM - 9 PM Sat. 9 AM - 6:00 PM

​Nellie Grier Senior Center - 98-104 Maple Ave - 9 AM - 4 PM

​John F. Kennedy - 211 West Kinney St -9 AM- 7 PM

​Hayes Park West - 179 Boyd St - 9 AM - 7 PM

​Sharpe James Aquatic Rec Center - 226 Rome Street - 9 AM- 7 PM

​Rotunda Recreational Center - 75 Clifton Ave - M-F 9 AM- 7 PM SAT 9 AM- ​5PM

​St. Peter's Recreation Center - 378 Lyons Avenue - 9 AM- 7 PM

​Boylan Recreation Center - 916 South Orange Ave - 9 AM- 7 PM

North Caldwell

​Fireman's Community Ctr - 133 Gould Ave. - 8 AM - 4 PM

Nutley

Senior Center - 7 William St - 8 AM - 4 PM

​Senior Center - 47 Vincent Place - 8 AM - 4 PM

Orange

​Orange Public Library - 348 Main St - 8 AM - 4 PM

Roseland

Public Library - 20 Roseland Ave - 8 AM - 4 PM

​Firehouse - 300 Eagle Rock Ave - 8 AM - 4 PM

South Orange

Library - 65 Scotland Rd - 9 AM - 4 PM

​Village Hall - 76 So. Orange Ave., 3rd flr - 9 AM - 4 PM

Verona

Community Center - 880 Bloomfield Ave - 8 AM - 4 PM

​Public Library - 17 Gould St. - 8 AM - 4 PM

West Caldwell

​Public Library - 30 Clinton Rd. - 8 AM - 4 PM

West Orange

Public Library - 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave - 10 AM - 5 PM

​Council Chambers - 66 Main St. - 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

​​Any additional Information regarding Essex County municipal cooling centers will be announced as soon as that information is reported by local authorities to the Essex County Office of Emergency Management.