Extreme heat has the potential to be life-threatening. Take proper precautions to minimize your risk of heat-related illness and be ready to assist those who are most affected by severe heat.
To prepare for extreme heat, you can do the following:
• Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home.
• Listen to local weather forecasts to stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
• Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young, sick or overweight, as they are more susceptible to excessive heat.
• Ensure pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water.
• Learn about available cooling centers or public locations with air conditioning in your community.
To prevent heat illness, residents are reminded to do the following:
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
• Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks because they cause dehydration.
• Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
• Limit vigorous activity.
• Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
• If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
• Use air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have air conditioning, consider going to a public location or cooling center that does.
For questions, please contact the Asbury Park Bureau of Fire Prevention at 732-774-7400