County Urges Residents To Take Precautions During Weekend Heat Wave

Friday, June 15, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Officials with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System are urging residents across the Chicago area to take extra measures to stay cool and safe this weekend, when temperatures expected to reach well into the 90’s and the heat index to get close to 100.

“When we sweat in high heat and humidity, evaporation slows and the body has to work harder to maintain a normal temperature,” said Emergency Department physician Dr. Tarlan Hedayati. “Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention.”

Dr. Hedayati recommended that residents avoid overexerting themselves and participating in strenuous outdoor activities.

“If you must be outdoors, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible to prevent sunburn,” county health officials noted in a statement. “Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Consume plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.”

Health officials also urged people to make “make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. Take advantage of cooling centers, public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls during periods of extreme heat.  If you are unable to get into air conditioning, take frequent showers or baths to help avoid heat illness from developing.”

Early signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Thirst
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cold and clammy feeling, while still sweating

Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.  Symptoms include:

  • Hot and flushed skin, but no sweating
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Unable to walk in straight line
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Rapid pulse
  • Potential loss of consciousness

If you see someone suffering from heat stroke, take immediate action – call 911 right away then try to move the person into a cool, shady place.

Below is the cooling center for Proviso Township (you should contact the center first to verify it is open):

  • Proviso Township | 4565 Harrison St., Hillside | (708) 344-7430 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday | No transportation provided
  • Melrose Park – West Suburban | 2701 West Lake St., Melrose Park | (708) 338-7600 |  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

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