Cooling Center Availability

Posted on July 11, 2016

Wed., July 13 – Fri., July 15
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Otto Kaufman Community Ctr
356 Skillman Rd., Skillman
More hot weather is expected this week with highs in the 90s.  Montgomery Township will once again open the Otto Kaufman Community Center as a cooling center beginning Wednesday.
 Please let neighbors & friends in town know the cooling center is available, especially any elderly residents or families with young children.
Residents are welcome to come in, read, rest, play a board game, do paperwork – in other words COOL OFF! Any question, please call the Recreation Dept. at (609) 466-3023.

Protect yourself and your loved ones when temperatures become dangerously high.

Check often on family, friends and neighbors who are at high risk. Never ever leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat. Older adults, young children and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at higher risk for heat-related illness. Young and healthy individuals also are at risk if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Keep yourself cool; stay indoors during the hottest times of the day, seek out air-conditioned locations, such as libraries, malls and cooling centers; take cool showers or baths; limit outdoor activities to the morning and evening hours; avoid direct sunlight; wear loose, light-colored clothing; use a shade hat or an umbrella to block the sun.

Drink plenty of fluids to replace what you lose through sweat. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink; avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks; bring a beverage with you to sip frequently when outdoors.

If you have a health condition that requires that you limit fluids, talk with your doctor about your particular situation. Be aware that some medications can increase sensitivity to the heat. Unless directed by a health care professional, do not take salt tablets or use products that may interfere with your medications or adversely affect your medical condition. Always check with your doctor and/or pharmacist.

If you are going to be outdoors for work or pleasure, plan heat-safe activities; pace yourself by scheduling breaks in shady areas; eat many small meals and snacks rather than a few big meals; avoid sunburn by using sunscreen products with a high sun protection factor (SPF) rating.

Recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke in yourself and others.  Symptoms include muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting. If you see someone with signs of overheating, move the person to a cooler location, have them rest for a few minutes and then have them slowly drink a cool beverage. Get immediate medical attention if they do not feel better.

Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability unless treated immediately.

Symptoms of heat stroke include an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F); red, hot, dry skin; a rapid, strong pulse; nausea, confusion and unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately, and begin cooling them down, as you would for heat exhaustion.

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Residents age 60 and above may cool off at Somerset County’s Senior Centers weekdays as follows: the Montgomery and Hillsborough senior centers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge, Warrenbrook Senior Center in Warren and Quail Brook Senior Center in Somerset from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about county-operated senior centers, call the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services toll free at 1-888-747-1122 or go

For more information, contact Somerset County Department of Health Educator Michele Samarya-Timm at 908-231-7155 or

Source: Montgomery Twp. Office of Emergency Management & Somerset County Office of Public Information