WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Police Chief David Wayman issued an alert via Nixle Tuesday morning advising that excessive heat and high humidity are expected to descend upon the area this week, creating dangerous conditions. He asked residents to take extra precautions and check on the elderly.

“This will result in an increased likelihood for heat-related illnesses,” wrote Wayman.

He advised the following:

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Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Limit outdoor activities, if possible. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing. Drink plenty of fluids.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool or shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 911 if this occurs. 

Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles. Vehicle interiors can reach deadly temperatures within minutes. 

Be sure to check on elderly family, friends and neighbors. 

Bring pets indoors or move them to shaded locations. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water. 

“Call 911 if you have an emergency,” Wayman wrote. “The Westfield Police Department is here to serve you.”