Summer Hazards

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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.

Terminology

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

  • SummerStay 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.

Cooling Centers

The following link provides access to the Keep Illinois Cool Website, which allows users to search for nearby Illinois State facility cooling centers: http://www.illinois.gov/KeepCool/SitePages/CoolingCenters.aspx

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:

Evanston Public Library 

Office hours for Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department facilities