Heat warnings...stay safe

Date: 
08/27/2013
HeatWarning

Climbing temperatures have caused a notice from the Office of emergency Management and Communictions (OEMC) for the next few days.

Limit your activities and take care of yourself and others.

What are some heat related problems?

Heat exhaustion --  can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

Heat stroke -- is more serious and occurs when the body starts to lose its ability to regulate itself. Signs of heat stroke are:

  • An extremely high body temperature, such as 103 degrees or above
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • A throbbing headache and a pulse that is rapid and strong
  • Skin that is red, hot and dry

OMEC advises:

  • Take immediate action if you see someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke --call 911 immediately and then try to move the person into a cool place and cool the person with water.
  • Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day
  • Avoid going out in the heat during the hottest part of the day
  • Take an occasional cool bath or shower to cool your skin and remove heat from your body
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and wear a hat to protect your head
  • Check on relatives, friends and neighbors who are elderly. The people in greatest danger in extreme heat and humidity are elderly people who live alone.
  • All Chicago police district headquarters, libraries and public buildings can be used as temporary cooling centers.
  • Call 3-1-1 to request a well being check and a ride to a cooling center for anyone needing cooling
  • City Cooling Center are available at: 
    • Trina Davila Community Service Center,- 4357 W. Armitage
    • North Area Community Service Center, 4740 N. Sheridan
    • Garfield Community Service Center, 10 S. Kedzie
    • The centers are open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The City's six regional Service Centers and 13 Satellite Senior Centers are also available for older Chicagoans.
  • Contact your local Chicago Park District facility to find out about hours and programs.
  • Do not open fire hydrants because they impact water pressure in the area and can prevent firefighters from being able to use them in an actual emergency.
  • Limit pets' exposure to the sun and heat, and provide them with plenty of water.

 

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