Excessive heat and humidity can be dangerous. Cooling centers provide those who may not have air conditioning or someone to care for them with a place to get some relief in the summer months. During times of excessive heat and humidity, it is important to recognize that older adults are not the only ones susceptible to excessive heat. Children and pets are also at risk - never leave a child or pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can lead to extreme heat and cause heatstroke. Those who are going to be outdoors in the heat should also take the necessary steps to ensure they are well-hydrated and dressed appropriately. DuPage County lists numerous cooling centers near Woodridge.
Hot Weather Tips:
- If you don’t have air conditioning, keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
- Drink lots of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and sodas.
- Avoid going outside in extreme heat.
- Keep electric lights off or turned down.
- Minimize use of your oven and stove.
- Wear loose, light, cotton clothing.
- Take cool baths and showers.
- Don’t leave anyone (including pets) in a parked car, even for a few minutes.
- CDC – Extreme Heat
- American Red Cross – Heat Wave Safety
- National Weather Service – Heat Safety Tips and Resources
- CDC Pet Safety
- FEMA / Ready.Gov – Extreme Heat Safety Social Media Toolkit
- National Weather Service Chicago – Weather Story
- DuPage County Community Resource Information System (CRIS) Cooling Center
- ComEd – Report an Outage
- ComEd – Current Outages