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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022

Monday, August 25, 2014

With High Temperatures Expected, DuPage County Encourages Residents to Keep Safe

With warm temperatures and high humidity expected this week, DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages residents to take proactive steps to be safe from heat-related emergencies such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“With heat indices expected to rise above 100 degrees this week, heat exhaustion or heat stroke can quickly occur and become life-threatening,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “Residents are encouraged to check on the elderly, children and those with health concerns to make sure they stay safe,” Cronin said.

There are a variety of cooling sites located throughout DuPage County at local libraries, park districts and community centers. A list of cooling sites can be found on the county website at /ProtectDuPage/. Residents should call centers first to make sure they are open.

Residents are also encouraged to:

• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Exercise during cooler times of day.
• Check on the elderly, family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning or who spend much of their time alone.
• Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
• Ensure that pets have enough water and shade.
• Review the heat safety tips and suggestions on this checklist from the American Red Cross.

For more tips and information please visit www.ProtectDuPage.org.