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Posted on: June 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH: Safety Tips & Reminders from the Lombard Fire Department

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Lombard will be under an Excessive Heat Watch from Thursday p.m. - Saturday afternoon. Heat index temperatures may reach up to 112 degrees. Please take precautions, check on elderly neighbors, and be careful out there Lombard!

If you experience, witness, or suspect unsafe conditions, dial 9-1-1 and an officer will be dispatched to the scene at the time of occurrence.

If you do not have access to air conditioning, it is recommended to take advantage of 

Cooling Centers 

  • Helen Plum Library (630)627-0316, 110 West Maple Street, 9 a.m. 9 p.m.,  Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday 
  • York Township (630)620-2400, 1502 S. Meyers Rd., 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday 
  • College of DuPage (630)942-3000, Common areas and cafeterias,  6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily

Safety Tips & Reminders 
The Lombard Fire Department is providing residents with some helpful reminders when it comes to staying safe during hot weather days.

  • Stay hydrated! Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids. Drink 2-4 cups of water every hour if you are in heat.
  • NEVER leave a child, senior citizen, or pet, or in a parked car. According to NWS.gov, Hyperthermia is a condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle, and can occur even on a mild day. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate or risk of hyperthermia. Short waves from the sun heat the car faster than most people realize. On a mild 80°F day, a car can become an unsafe 94.3°F in only 2 minutes; after 10 minutes, the car could reach 99°F; and after 20 minutes, it could reach upwards of 110°F.
  • Avoid overexertion and strenuous outdoor activities if possible, as well as beverages that contain alcohol, high amounts of sugar, or caffeine.
  • Take advantage of cooling centers, public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls during periods of extreme heat. Even a few hours a day in air conditioning can help prevent heat-related illnesses.
  •  Don’t forget your pets! Offer pets extra water and place the water bowl in a shaded area if outdoors. Make sure pets have a shady refuge where they can escape direct sun exposure.
  • If you or someone around you begins experiencing dizziness, nausea, headache, confusion and a rapid pulse, seek medical attention.
  • Before you leave your car, make sure there are no children or pets left behind... Always "Look before you lock!" Contrary to a common belief, cracking a window does not help decrease temperatures and cars can reach deadly temperatures in a few minutes on hot days. In just 10 minutes, on an 80 degree day, a car can reach 99 degrees in only 10 minutes. 

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