The heat and humidity is expected to rise this week, summer realities than can also be dangerous—or even deadly.
More than 120 state “cooling centers” will be open to the public, as part of the Governor’s Keep Cool Illinois campaign. These facilities offer a safe place for the public to beat the heat when temperatures rise.
A list of cooling centers can be found online—search for one in your region by entering your zip code. The Department of Human Services cooling centers will be open from 8:30 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday. However, Tollway Oasis locations are also open to the public as safe places to stay cool, and they are open 24 hours a day, 7 day s a week.
If you know of anyone who doesn’t have air conditioning, please share this information. More information can be found online or you can call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at 1-800-843-6154.
- Some additional “keeping cool” tips include:
- Stay in air-conditioned space at home, the library, the mall, movie theater or at a cooling center.
- Drink lots of water and natural juices.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and colas.
- Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but keep windows slightly open.
- Stay out of the sun and avoid going out in the heat.
- Keep electric lights off or turned down.
- Take cool baths or showers.
- Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
- Do not eat heavy meals. Avoid cooking with your oven.
- Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
- Do not sit in a hot car, even for a short time. Never leave a child in a hot car.
- Check on family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they stay cool and safe.
- If you or anyone you know needs emergency medical attention, call 911.
- It is against the law to open a fire hydrant. An open hydrant hinders the fire department's ability to fight fires, reduces water pressure in your home and may cause basement flooding.
Looking for additional summer safety tips? Check out the Illinois Department of Public Health’s “Summer Survival Guide.”