Heat Emergency

If the weather is extremely hot/during a heat emergency, citizens should:
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Turn on a fan or air conditioner.
  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as:
    • Libraries
    • Movie theaters
    • Shopping malls
    • Other community facilities
  • Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Report Open Fire Hydrants


Citizens are urged to report open hydrants by calling the Fire Department at 973-266-5500.

Illegal Activity


The public is reminded that unauthorized use of hydrants is illegal. Such activity will cause low water pressure and service problems for customers and can damage the underground water infrastructure.

Impact on Safety


Loss of adequate water pressure can have a negative impact on fire fighting when firefighters are unable to get enough water to suppress fires. Opening hydrants also poses a safety issue for young children who could easily be hurt from the high water pressure.

Keep Cool at the Pool


Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the aquatic facilities operated by the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs to help keep cool during the hot days of the summer season.

For more information, visit the Recreation and Cultural Affairs page.