Extreme Heat is in the Forecast: Tips to Stay Safe

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

As temperatures soar into the 90s this week, with heat index values near 100 degrees, the FEMA Region 5 office in Chicago is encouraging residents to avoid the dangers of extreme heat by taking some simple steps to protect yourself.

1. If you don’t have access to air conditioning at home, find places in your community with AC, such as a local cooling center. Remember to keep six feet between yourself and others, and follow guidance provided by local officials to ensure you can cope safely with extreme heat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. If you’re outside, find shade. Avoid strenuous activity, cover your head with a hat wide enough to protect your face and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

3. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you or someone you care for is on a special diet, ask a doctor how best to accommodate it.

4. NEVER leave people or pets in a parked car. Leaving a window open is not enough- temperatures inside the car can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes, even with a window cracked open.

5. Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of warning signs and symptoms of heat illness and recommended first aid steps.

For more information and tips on being ready for extreme heat, visit www.ready.gov/heat

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