With temperatures predicted to soar into the 90s throughout the week, Elgin’s Fire Department is recommending residents take precautions to stay cool.
“Extreme weather can be detrimental to someone’s health,” said Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy. “The elderly, people with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related conditions. Everyone, however, should take precautions to reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses.”
Heat indexes could top 100-105-degrees and residents without air-conditioning are encouraged to cool off at the city’s cooling center – The Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Street – at any time.
Fahy also recommends the following:
1. Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities.
2. Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors.
3. Wear loose fitting, light clothing; wear a hat if you’ll be outside.
4. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol.
5. Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat.
6. Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually.
7. Seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat at stores, malls, theaters, etc.
8. Check on frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat.
9. Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
10. Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight.
11. Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink.
For more information, contact the Elgin Fire Department at (847) 931-6175.