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Beat The Heat Survival Guide

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago is in for another round of blistering heat.

On Thursday, temperatures could reach 100 degrees, with a heat index close to 105, according to the National Weather Service.

With Chicagoans sweltering under temperatures in the 90's through at least the July 4 holiday, residents are reminded to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related emergencies.

Residents are reminded to take the following steps to minimize the impact of hot weather:

Be aware of the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.
Heat stroke is more serious, and occurs when the body starts to lose its ability to regulate itself.
If you see someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take immediate action. Call 911 and then try to move the person to a cool place and cool them with water.

How to keep yourself and your home cool

Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day.
Take an occasional cool bath or shower.
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and a hat.
Residents are also advised to close their shades during the day to make homes cooler.
Use ceiling fans if possible.
Keep lamps and televisions away from the thermostat. The heat they generate will cause your air conditioner to work harder.

If you must be out in the heat

Avoid going out during the hottest part of the day.
Limit your amount of exercise. If you have to exercise, be sure to replace fluids by drinking two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.
Try to take breaks often and in shady areas.
Protest yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by applying a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Where to stay cool

All police district headquarters, libraries and public buildings can be used as temporary cooling centers.
Call 311 for the nearest City Cooling Center, open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
The six regional Service Centers and 13 satellite Senior Centers are also available for the elderly.

Don't forget to check on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors

The people in greatest danger are those who live alone. Residents should check on the well being of neighbors and relatives who may be susceptible to heat.
Call 311 to request a well-being check or a ride to a cooling center.
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services will use its home care services to check on seniors and inquire about their well-being. DFSS has notified its Well-Being Task Force to be on alert and report any senior or vulnerable person.

Keeping pets safe

You aren't the only one that needs to be careful during extremely hot days; your pet is in danger as well. Here are a few tips to keep your furry friend's in top shape during a heat wave

Protect yourself during a brownout

Rolling brownouts may also be a measure taken by the city or ComEd during extreme heat.

Additional Fox Chicago resources

The OEMC will continue to work closely with the National Weather Service to monitor conditions. At this point the OEMC has not activated the Extreme Weather Operations Plan or opened the Emergency Operations Center, but both will be activated if necessary.
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