For residents looking to cool down during a heat wave that's , the borough has publicized some air-conditioned places of refuge in the borough.
In anticipation of the extremely high temperatures, the and will be open as cooling centers for the rest of the week, the borough announced on RoseNet.org and in a Madison Police Nixle alert.
The library is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and the Senior Center in the Civic Center is available until 4:30 p.m. those days.
The borough posted a full list of cooling centers and tips for handling hot weather on the Senior Services website, reproduced below. One point asks residents to check on neighbors who are elderly or ill and might need assistance. They can be referred to the Madison Health Department: 973-593-3079 ext. 1.
Madison Cooling Centers
In the event of an extended period of hot weather, the following facilities are open to the public as “cooling centers.” Remember to check hours of operation when making plans.
Madison Public Library
39 Keep Street
Mon-Wed. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thurs-Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays until after Labor Day
Madison Civic Center
28 Walnut Street
Madison Area YMCA
111 Kings Road
Lobby area, more room as needed
Rexford Tucker Senior Housing
15 Chateau Thierry
Also used as nutrition site M-W-F 10:00am-2:00pm
Handling Hot Weather
Summer’s first heat wave has already hit and Madison residents are reminded that the Borough’s Health Department and Senior Center have compiled a list of helpful suggestions for hot weather.
Tips for Hot Weather:
- Check the weather forecast before going out and avoid the hottest part of the day (10:00am to 6:00pm).
- Reduce outdoor activity.
- Keep shades drawn from mid-morning until evening to keep the heat out.
- Check medication instructions; some can increase the risk of heat-related illness.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 even on cloudy days.
- Wear sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV or UVB filter.
- Cover your head with a wide brim hat or vented cap to shade your face, ears and neck.
- Wear light-colored, open weave, loose-fitting clothing.
- Stay bug-free with insect repellant.
- Drink extra fluids all day, especially when playing sports. Avoid tea, coffee, cola and alcoholic beverages.
- Watch for warning symptoms such as hot and dry skin, confusion, hallucinations, and aggression.
- Call 911 if medical attention is needed.
Residents are also asked to be aware of neighbors or relatives who may be elderly or ill and in need of assistance. Either personally check on their condition or refer them to the Health Department. The Health Department contact number is 973-593-3079, ext. 1.