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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. 

Heat Chart (JPG)Look before you lock (JPG)


Excessive Heat Information from Ready.gov

Extreme Heat


Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

  • Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.

  • Avoid strenuous activities.

  • Watch for heat illness.

  • Wear light clothing.

  • Check on family members and neighbors.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN EXTREME HEAT THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Find places in your community where you can go to get cool.
  • Keep your home cool by doing the following:
    • Cover windows with drapes or shades.
    • Weather-strip doors and windows.
    • Use window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
    • Add insulation to keep the heat out.
    • Use attic fans to clear hot air.
    • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat-related illness.

Be Safe DURING

  • Never leave a child, adult, or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm day.
  • Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls, and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
  • If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you or someone you care for is on a special diet, ask a doctor how best to accommodate it.
  • Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as this could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
  • Avoid high-energy activities.
  • Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

Know the signs of heat-related illness and the ways to respond to it:

  • HEAT CRAMPS
    • Signs: Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs
    • Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if cramps last more than an hour.
  • HEAT EXHAUSTION
    • Signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, or fainting
    • Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.
  • HEAT STROKE
    • Signs: Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees) taken orally; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; or unconsciousness
    • Actions: Call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.

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