PATERSON, NJ - With temperatures expected to soar into the high nineties, and combine with humidity levels that may make it feel over 100 degrees, the City of Paterson Office of Emergency Management will be operating three cooling centers to help keep residents safe.

Anyone entering the sites must follow social distancing guidelines and wear a protective face covering to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Water will be provided at each site.

The sites, expected to be open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday are located at:

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  • Community Policing Center- 930 Main St.
  • Christopher Hope Recreation Center- 60 Temple St.
  • Riverside Vets Recreation Center- 161 5th Ave.

The American Red Cross offers several suggestions to stay safe and healthy in excessive heat including:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

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