July 28, 2015

Princeton Cooling Stations Open for Extreme Heat Warning

Cooling Stations

During the current heat wave this week, Princeton’s cooling stations will be open to ensure Princeton residents have a safe place to stay cool during the expected high temperatures. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed. Cooling stations are air conditioned facilities where Princeton residents can find relief from the heat. Free water is accessible at all stations.

On Tuesday, July 28, the cooling station at Monument Hall Multipurpose Room (Downstairs), one Monument Drive, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, July 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the cooling station at Witherspoon Hall’s Community Room, 400 Witherspoon Street, will be open. Call Access Princeton at (609) 924-4141 for more information.

To stay safe and cool during heat advisories and warnings, please follow these tips:

Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

Familiarize yourself with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help lessen health threats and harm.

Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.