WEST ORANGE, NJ — As summer surges with an anticipated heat wave this weekend, keeping cool involves being reminded of some easily overlooked tips. West Orange Township is reminding residents that senior citizens can be the most vulnerable, but staying safe should be everyone’s priority during higher than average daytime temperatures.

If residents must be outdoors, the township urges them to keep out of the sun (preferably in air conditioning), seek shade, use sun screen and drink plenty of water.

“Heat exhaustion from even mild exposure to this type of weather can quickly turn into heat stroke which is a life-threatening condition,” said West Orange Fire Chief Anthony Vecchio. “Sweating is how the body regulates temperature and keeps us from overheating. Should you or another experience elevated body temperature without sweat, accompanied by a bad headache and/or nausea and a rapid strong pulse, seek medical attention immediately or call 9-1-1 for emergency medical response.”

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The Township of West Orange also shared the following recommendations from the American Red Cross in dealing with the potentially dangerous effects of a heat wave:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.
  • Slow down and stay indoors to avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities and take frequent breaks if working outdoors. Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning. Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
  • Those who do not have air conditioning should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day such as schools, libraries, theaters or malls.

The Codey Arena on Northfield Avenue in West Orange is currently designated as an indoor cooling station.