MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  This summer has been a hot one and Maplewood Township is advising residents how to stay cool in the heat.

During a heat emergency, people should stay indoors as much as possible, limit their exposure to the sun, spend the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities, according to an advisory on the township's website.

People are also advised to limit their alcohol intake, dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing that covers their skin as much as possible, check on family and friends who do not have air conditioning in their homes, not to keep children and pets in closed vehicles, and to drink plenty of water.

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People with epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, who are on fluid-restricted diets, or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing any intake of fluids, according to the advisory.

People should also avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day, use a buddy system when they are working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks, the advisory said.

For more information on what to do in the extreme heat, visit the Maplewood Township website.