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County Opens Cooling Centers Due To Heat

07/18/2013 12:48AM ● By Anonymous

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Thursday and Friday, prompting county officials to open four cooling centers for the remainder of this week. The Northwest Bergen Senior Activity Center, 46-50 Center St., will be open to the public from 8am to 6pm. for residents looking to cool off. The Midland Park Memorial Library is also air conditioned and open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm, except Wednesday and Saturday when it closes at 5pm.

Temperatures are expected to climb over 90 degrees and the accompanying humidity will make it feel closer to 100 degrees. An air quality alert was also issued for Thursday from 11am to 11pm.

County officials recommend individuals remain indoors from 11am to 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest and burns and heat strokes are more likely to occur. All age groups are at risk for heat stroke so take necessary precautions if you have to be outdoors: wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, stay hydrated and know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In addition, remember DO NOT leave a child or pet in a locked vehicle, even for a moment, as temperatures can rise very quickly. Lock all parked vehicles so children cannot accidentally lock themselves inside while playing games like hide and seek.

More county cooling centers are open at the County Administration Building, One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, 1st Floor; Bergenfield Senior Center, 239 Murray Hill Terrace, Bergenfield; and Southwest Bergen Senior Activity Center, 147 Hackensack Street, East Rutherford. Public libraries, shopping centers, recreation and senior centers can also provide respite from the high temperatures.

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