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Monmouth County Cooling Centers Open

The heat wave prompted the county to open two cooling centers.

Two cooling centers are now open in Monmouth County, as temperatures climb to 98 degrees and above during the first summer heat wave.

  • Eatontown, Monmouth Mall, 180 Route 35 (on Routes 35/36), 732-542-0333
  • Freehold Raceway Mall in Freehold, 3710 Route 9, 732-577-1144

Monmouth County is under an excessive heat warning. New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd said the risk is especially high for the elderly and children.

"Hot, dry skin, an absence of sweat and a rapid and strong pulse are all signs of heat stroke," she said. "If you have elderly family members, friends or neighbors, be sure to check in on them to make sure they are keeping cool, especially if they live alone."

There are several basic steps people can take to ensure their safety during the hot weather provided by Fuentes and O'Dowd. Among them are:

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.
  • If you do go outside stay in the shade.
  • If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air-conditioned mall, library or other public place. 
  • Wear sunscreen outside, along with loose-fitting, light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
  • Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty.  Limit alcohol and sugary drinks that speed dehydration.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in the car.
  • Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Be a good neighbor, check on elderly and people with disabilities in your community who may need assistance keeping cool.

For more information about cooling centers, dial 2-1-1 or visit the New Jersey 2-1-1 website.

Peggy Devlin Blazewicz June 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Make sure to stop by the new Monmouth County SPCA adoption center next to SEARS.
Michelle June 22, 2012 at 01:15 AM
You left out extremely important information for our pets! Pets should never be left in parked vehicles on hot days. The temperature inside a car can rise to 120 degrees within a matter of minutes. Pets can suffer irreversible organ damage and death. Whenever pets are outside they require shade and cool water. Protection from the heat is a must. A dog house does not provide relief from the heat. Limit exercise on very hot days to early morning or evening hours. Pet owners should be particularly careful with pets with white-colored ears, that are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets that may have difficulty breathing. Walking dogs on grass is also suggested, since asphalt can become very hot and can burn a dog’s paws. Know the signs of heat stroke in your pet: •Heavy panting •Glazed eyes •A rapid heartbeat •Restlessness •Excessive thirst •Lethargy •Fever •Dizziness, lack of coordination •Profuse salivation •Vomiting •A deep red or purple tongue •Unconsciousness In cases of heat stroke: •Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area. •Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the pet. •Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. •Take your pet directly to a veterinarian.
Kaitlyn Anness June 22, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Thanks, Michelle!
Curtis Johnson June 22, 2012 at 01:04 PM
@Peggy which Sears?
Peggy Devlin Blazewicz June 22, 2012 at 03:15 PM
@Curtis - The SEARS at Freehold Mall.

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