When temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, overexposure to the heat can be hazardous. Humid conditions, frequently experienced in Illinois, can add to the danger of high temperatures. Pay attention to summer temperature predictions and take all heat advisories seriously.
What to do During Extreme Heat
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to high temperatures.
- Slow down from your normal pace.
- Spend time in air conditioning, even for brief periods.
- Draw shades, blinds, and curtains in rooms exposed to direct sunlight.
- Cool down with cool baths or showers.
- Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated and carbonated beverages.
- Wear proper SPF sunscreen for your skin type.
- Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Do NOT leave animals, children, or the elderly inside a vehicle - even if you are just leaving the vehicle for a minute and have the windows rolled down - this is very dangerous!
- Try NOT leaving animals outside, but if you do provide adequate shade and lots of water.