MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes reminded residents today of several ways to beat the heat this week when the heat index is expected possibly reach 100 degrees.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are predicting temperatures in the area to reach the upper 90s Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9, and could potentially exceed 100 degrees.

“This is the first heat wave of the summer, and it’s a good time make sure our residents know that Mercer County offers many outstanding options to help beat the summer heat,” said Hughes.

According to the NWS, the potential for heat illnesses like heat stroke is high when the heat index reaches 100 degrees.

Hughes said residents should drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, try to stay indoors in air-conditioning and out of the sun if possible, and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes when going outdoors. He also urged residents to check up on elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Mercer County also offers designated Summer Cooling Sites including all municipal senior centers, neighborhood community centers, and the nine Mercer County Library System Branches. Please note that Senior Centers are only open Monday through Friday. Call individual locations for daily hours of operation. Library branches are closed on Sundays throughout the summer. These locations are as follows and are open to all residents:

Mercer County Library Branches:
Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hightstown, Hopewell, Hollowbrook, Lawrence, Twin Rivers, Washington, and West Windsor

Senior Centers:
Bernice C. Muha, Ewing Township; Jennye Stubblefield, Trenton; Hopewell Valley; Monsignor Lipinski, Lawrence Township; Princeton Senior Resource Center; Reading, Sam Naples, South Ward Community Center, all in Trenton; Washington Township.

Older residents and individuals with chronic health conditions are especially encouraged to use these sites during the day to alleviate the negative health effects of the oppressive summer heat.  A heat safety tips flyer has also been created for mass distribution at all Mercer County Congregate Nutrition sites, senior centers, and Cooling Sites. An electronic version can also be found on the Mercer County web site at http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/hs/aging.html.

During daytime hours, residents can call (609) 989-6662 for assistance in coping with the heat. During non-business hours, residents are encouraged to call 911 if they experience heat-related problems.

Depending on driver availability, Mercer County TRADE may be able to assist with transportation to and from Cooling sites. Residents are encouraged to call (609) 530-1971 if they anticipate requiring transportation assistance.

For more information or to access your local Cooling Site, contact the Mercer County Office on Aging at (609) 989-6661 or (609) 989-6662.