FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The National Weather Service has predicted extreme heat from Wednesday, July 17, at 8:00 a.m. until Sunday, July 22, at 10:00 p.m. 

Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo has issued the following assistance to help those in need of heat relief: The Chelsea Senior Living Center located at 295 South Ave. in Fanwood will be open to use as a cooling station. If you need transportation to the cooling station please call the Fanwood Police Department at (908) 322-5000 and they will make arrangements for you.

When visiting a relief station, bring any medications and/or specialty items that you may need. Residents and visitors are urged to limit exposure outside, particularly during the hottest part of the day -- roughly from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Those who must be outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. High body temperatures and dehydration will make other medical conditions such as heart and breathing problems much worse.

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"It is very important to stay cool and hydrated when the heat index reaches these dangerous levels," said Chief Trigo. "Check on your elderly neighbors, and advise them of the cooling station at the Chelsea and remind them to remain hydrated and to contact the Fanwood Police Department at (908) 322-5000 in the event of an emergency." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.