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Posted on: August 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] A message from the Asbury Park Fire Department: Extreme Heat Safety

APFD Safety Tips

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

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