LIVINGSTON, NJ — With high temperatures expected for the remainder of this week and frequently throughout the summer, the Livingston Health Department (LHD) has shared some tips to help residents stay safe and cool in the heat.

  • On days when the temperature reaches 95 degrees or higher, residents are urged to remain in areas that have air conditioning.
     
  • The LHD reminds residents that fans will not always suffice on these extremely hot days and suggests taking a cool bath or shower instead.
     
  • Hot cars are also extremely dangerous. Residents should note stay in their vehicles for long periods of time or leave pets or children in the car, even if the windows are rolled down.
     
  • All residents should stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water or other liquids that are non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated. All pets need to remain well hydrated as well.
     
  • Lightweight summer clothing—including clothing that is light colored and loose fitting—is encouraged along with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen when venturing outdoors.
     
  • Residents should avoid being outdoors during the hottest time of the day, which the LHD says is between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
     
  • While indoors on hot days, residents should cover all windows with blinds, shades or curtains and should avoid using their oven or stove.
     
  • The LHD also urges residents to check on family members, friends, neighbors and pets that may be more susceptible to the effects of the heat.

Knowing the signs of heat cramp, heat stroke and heat exhaustion are also crucial during the summer, according to LHD. To learn more about these signs and how to respond, visit ready.gov/heat.

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