"It" is the heat.
While this element of weather is less overt than the threat of
storms, the heat also takes its toll. When the temperature reaches
the 90s and humidity climbs above 70 percent, it is more than
uncomfortable, it can be dangerous. It is important to watch for
high heat indexes.
Lincoln Fire Department Chief Kent Hulett said this week that it
is time for everyone to kick up our awareness of the heat. Late
Tuesday afternoon the fire department had their first call of the
season for a possible heatstroke.
As the days heat up more and more now, Hulett said that it is
important to check on the elderly and shut-ins and be watchful of
our neighbors. Take note of any lack of activity. Make sure they
have fans and electricity.
Below is more detailed information of what you can do to keep
yourself, others and pets safe.
The Keep Cool
Illinois program offers these tips to try to avoid serious
medical problems during these hot summer days.
Keeping cool tips for everyone
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
Keep shades drawn
and blinds closed, but keep windows slightly open.
Stay out of the
sun and avoid going out in the heat.
lights off or turned down.
Take cool baths or
Wear loose, light
Do not eat heavy
meals. Avoid cooking with your oven.
Avoid or minimize
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Do not sit in a
hot car, even for a short time. Never leave a child in a hot
Check on family
members, friends and neighbors to make sure they stay cool and
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.
Special keeping cool tips for seniors
emergencies, seniors are urged to contact their local Area
Agency on Aging or the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966 for
assistance with locating senior centers, adult day service sites
and other buildings that serve as cooling centers.
Humidity combined with temperature make
up the heat index, which is similar to the wind chill factor in
winter. If the temperature is in the 90s with high humidity, it
can feel like it is well over 100 degrees.
Keeping cool tips for your pets
Provide water and
shelter from the sun at all times.
during extreme heat.
Never leave pets in parked vehicles.
Even moderate heat rapidly increases and can kill the pet
[LDN and tips from
Keep Cool Illinois]