MORRISTOWN, NJ - Cooling centers will open for residents due to the high temperatures, announced Morristown officials. 

The Morristown Town Hall Senior Center, 200 South Street, 3rd Floor, will be open from 8:30am - 4:30pm Wednesday July 19 through Friday July 21 

The Morristown Fire House, 161 Speedwell Avenue will be open from 8:30am - 4:30pm Wednesday July 19 through Friday July 21

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High heat can make the weather dangerous as well as uncomfortable. The Town reminds residents and community members to take precautions to keep as cool as possible throughout the warm summer months. If possible, stay out of the sun; avoid strenuous activity; drink plenty of water; and wear lightweight clothing.

The Town of Morristown activates its Cooling Centers when temperatures climb above 90 degrees. 

Tips for hot weather:
•If possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment, especially the young and the elderly. If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going to an enclosed shopping mall, a public library or a designated cooling center.

•Remember to check on your neighbors, family and friends — especially the elderly — to make sure they are well. Take them extra water or a cool beverage.

•Never leave anyone unattended in a closed vehicle, including pets!

•Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to stay.

•Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat. Use energy efficient fans as alternative.

•Use major appliances in early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower.

•Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, televisions, and other electronics when not in use.

 

If your work or recreation plans mean you must be outdoors during hot weather, please consider the following:

•Air quality can easily degrade during hot weather. If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, minimize outdoor activity to reduce heat-related illness.

•Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.

•Wear light and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

•Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.

•Avoid or reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise, whether outside or in a non-air conditioned building, especially during peak heat hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•Seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen.