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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
DuPage Encourages Residents to Prepare for Excessive Heat
As temperatures are expected to
reach the high 90s through the remainder of the week, DuPage County encourages
residents to take additional steps to stay safe during the holiday.
“The Fourth of
July is a great time to visit with friends and family. However with heat
indices expected to rise above 100 degrees, it can quickly turn dangerous.
Under those conditions, heat exhaustion or heat stroke can occur quickly if you
are not properly hydrated or become overheated,” said Dan Cronin, chairman of
the DuPage County Board.
these tips to stay safe in the summer heat:
• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine
• Stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the
day. While working outside, take frequent breaks and use the “buddy
• Check on children, the elderly and those with functional needs to make sure
they're staying safe.
• Ensure that pets have enough water and shade.
• Review the heat safety tips and suggestions on this checklist
from the American Red Cross.
In addition, be
familiar with nearby DuPage
County cooling sites. Since portions of the County still do not have
power, due to Sunday’s severe thunderstorm, residents should call the facility
first to make sure it is open.
For additional information
on how to prepare for hot weather, visit www.ProtectDuPage.org.