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Union County Advises on Heat Wave Safety

Union County, NJ – With oppressive heat forecast throughout the weekend, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents to take steps to protect themselves against heat related illnesses, and to know what number to call in case of a power outage.

“Plan on limiting outdoor activity and spending time in a cool environment, whether at home or at a local cooling center or other public place,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Heat related illnesses can have serious consequences.”

Residents should also have their electricity bill handy this weekend. The bill includes the phone number to call in case of a power outage. Do not call 9-1-1. Only the electricity provider can respond to a power outage.

  • For PSEG customers, the number is 1-800-436-7734.
  • For JCPL customers, the number is 1-800-662-3115.​

Additionally, utility companies advise that every resident without power should call their electricity provider, and not assume that someone else in the area will call.

Parents, caregivers and pet owners are advised that children and animals left in a hot car, even for a short time, can experience life-threatening and even lethal consequences from overheating.

Heat stroke is a potentially fatal condition characterized by high temperature, nausea, dizziness, confusion and fainting. Residents should call 9-1-1 if heat stroke is suspected.

Heat exhaustion symptoms can be similar. In case of heat exhaustion, move to a cool place, loosen clothing, apply cool cloths, take a cool bath, and sip cool water. Seek medical attention if nausea occurs or if other symptoms persist or worsen.

More details are available through the US Centers for Disease Control guide to warning signs.

Persons working outdoors are advised to take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

Other residents are advised to stay indoors when possible and keep outdoor activity to a low level. Shutting drapes, shades and curtains will help keep indoor spaces cooler during the day.

Public libraries, recreation and community centers, and shopping malls are examples of indoor locations where residents can cool off.

Union County has made the following heat related adjustments to recreation programs this weekend:

  • Tonight’s Shakespeare in the Park event has been moved indoors to the Trailside Nature & Science Center
  • Union County’s Ulrich swimming pool in Rahway, and the new Wheeler Spray Park in Linden, will both be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Water features in other Union County parks will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Riding at Watchung Stable will not be permitted after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday

Other Union County parks with water features are Warinanco Park in Roselle, Phil Rizzuto Park in Union, Snyder Park in Berkeley Heights, Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains, Mattano Park in Elizabeth, and Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield. For maps and directions visit

The County’s Trailside Nature and Science in Mountainside will be open for Friday night’s Shakespeare in the Park performance, and for its normal operating hours from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Trailside features interactive exhibits and an expansive reading room. For more details visit

The following municipalities in Union County are offering cooling centers. Residents planning to visit these locations should call ahead to confirm hours of operation.

Please contact your local Police Department for more information if your town is not listed.  

Berkeley Heights
Town Hall

29 Park Avenue
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Phone: (908) 464-2700 ext. 2110

Contact:  Angela Lazzari, Office of Township Clerk


Autumn Lake Healthcare

35 Cottage Street

Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Phone: (908) 897-1000



430 Westfield Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
Phone: (732) 388-3600
Contact:  Nancy Raymond, Health Officer



8 Springfield Avenue

Cranford, NJ 07016
Phone: (908) 709-7200; Fax: (908) 276-7664

Contact:  Patty



Miller Evans Logan Recreation Center

161-163 First Street

This Friday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Monday 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Elmora Racquet Club

23 Fernwood Terrace

(908) 820-2860

Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday Closed


Peterstown Community Center

408 Palmer Street

(908) 820-4288

Monday through Friday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday Closed





Chelsea Senior Living Center

295 South Ave.

(908) 654-5200

Open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.



Linden Public Library

31 East Henry Street

Operating Hours

Monday -Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday Closed


John T. Gregorio Recreation Center

330 Helen Street

Operating Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday Closed


Linden Multi-Purpose Center

1025 John Street

Operating Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday:  9:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday Closed



Plainfield Senior Center

400 East Front Street

(908) 753-3506

Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.




Rahway Library

5075, 2 City Hall Plaza,

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 340-1551

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am-8pm

Tuesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday Closed




Rahway Recreation Center

275 E Milton Ave

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 669-3600

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Roselle Park

Cassano Center

314 Chestnut Street

Roselle Park, NJ 07204

(908) 245-0666

Monday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.



Senior Center

968 Bonnel Court

(908) 851-5290

Open daily 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


1976 Morris Ave.

(908) 851-8500

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday Closed


For more information on resources for senior citizens, contact the Union County Division on Aging toll-free, 888-280-8226.




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