Heat waves can be as challenging and as deadly as any other natural disaster. You can best weather these times through pre-season preparation and the right knowledge.
Heat Wave: Period of extreme heat, usually accompanied by high humidity.
Heat Index: The relative humidity added to the air temperature (how hot it feels).
Heat Cramps: Muscle pains due to exertion (the first sign of heat-related problems).
Heat Exhaustion: A mild form of shock brought on by strenuous activity in the heat.
Heat Stroke: A life-threatening condition occurring when the body’s temperature control system shuts down. Brain damage or death can result if the body is not cooled at once.
During a Heat Wave
- Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible and in the shade if you go outside.
- If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air conditioned mall, library, or other public space.
- Wear sunscreen outside, along with light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
- Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty.
- Never leave children or pets alone in the car.
- Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day.
- Take a cool shower or bath.
Visit the Keep Illinois Cool Website, which allows users to search for nearby Illinois State facility cooling centers.
Evanston community members are welcome to spend time cooling off at City of Evanston public facilities during their regular operating hours. Click the links below for days/hours/locations: