Stay Safe in Extreme Heat This Week

A heat wave is breaking records in Britain, but locally we are looking at some dangerously hot days ahead, too. Get ready for a string of sunny days with 90+ temperatures and some parts of the state already under a heat advisory. Humidity is lower on Tuesday, but expect temps to climb and a heat advisory will be in effect from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union and Passaic counties. Humidity plus high temperatures can make it feel like almost 100.

Montclair’s libraries and council chambers are available as cooling centers.

Montclair Ambulance Unit wants you to stay safe during this heat and shared this information below. They also recommend checking on elderly neighbors.

Montclair Township Animal Shelter wants you to make sure pets are safe and shares these helpful reminders:

Power outages are always a concern during an extended period of high temperatures.

“We’ve been monitoring our system and are staffed and ready to respond to issues as they arise,” said Paul Toscarelli, PSE&G’s emergency preparedness director.

During extreme heat conditions, PSE&G customers should:

Seek out air-conditioned spaces, if possible, if homes become too warm.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
Avoid wearing dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

PSE&G customers can save money when you:

Raise the setting to the highest comfortable temperature. You can save 3 to 5% on air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the temperature. We recommend 78 degrees.
If you have central air, close doors and vents to unused rooms to reduce the area your system must cool, so your system does not have to work as hard.
Use ceiling and other fans to provide additional cooling and better circulation.
Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping to keep cool air in and warm air out.
Operate appliances in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.

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