Some tips to stay safe in the extreme heat

The Illinois Department of Public Health provided the following tips to stay safe in extreme temperatures:

— Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Ford County Residents seeking a cooling center are encouraged to visit their local library during normal library business hours in Paxton, Gibson City, Melvin and Piper City

— Do not rely on fans as your primary cooling device.

— Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day and avoid direct sunlight.

— Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

— Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.

— Check on at-risk friends, family members and neighbors at least twice a day. These may include seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

— Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate.

— Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.

— Avoid alcohol or beverages with high amounts of sugar.

— Check the local news for extreme heat warnings.

— Visit www.dph.illinois.gov for heat related information.

— Never leave anyone including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle. The air temperature inside a car rises rapidly during hot weather and can lead to brain damage or death.

Categories (4):News, Miscellaneous, Weather, Health

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