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Dangerous Extreme Heat Hits Our Area

Safety Tips

We are expecting dangerously high temperatures and humidity levels Friday and Saturday. It’s best to stay inside an air-conditioned area to escape the heat. Kane County lists local cooling centers on their website. Stay up with the latest forecast and weather alerts from the National Weather Service at http://bit.ly/STCWeather.

Stay safe and review these tips for dealing with extreme heat:

Heat Safety Tips

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle—even for a minute. It only takes a vehicle 10 minutes to heat up 20 degrees.
  • Slow down, avoid strenuous activity.
  • Stay in air-conditioning.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes.
  • Drink water regularly and avoid alcohol or caffeine.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Cool, moist, skin; heavy sweating.
  • Headache; nausea,vomiting; dizziness; exhaustion
  • Normal body temperature.

What to Do

  • Loosen tight clothes; apply cool, wet cloths.
  • Drink cool water.

Signs of Heat Stroke

  • Hot, red skin
  • Changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing.
  • High body temperature (105º F); no sweating.

What to Do

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Quickly cool the body by immersing in a cool bath or wrapping in wet sheets and fanning.
created Jul 19, 2019 updated Jul 25, 2019