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Evanston issues heat advisory for Thursday

With temperatures expected to rise to a record-breaking 100 degrees, the City of Evanston’s Health Department has issued a heat advisory for Thursday.

The advisory goes into effect at noon and continues until 8 p.m.

“With temperatures and heat indices rising, the Evanston Health Department urges all residents to take preventive actions throughout the summer to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat stroke,” said Health  Director Evonda Thomas.

Some suggestions from the Health Department to prevent heat-related health problems:

  • Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, as they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. During a heat emergency, information about local cooling shelters will be posted online or can be found by calling 3-1-1.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

  • Infants and young children;
  • People aged 65 or older;
  • People who have a mental illness; and
  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.

Those without air conditioning may visit the following public buildings during operating hours Thursday to cool down:

  • Chandler-Newberger Center at 1028 Central St. open until 7 p.m.
  • Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd. open until 5 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center at 1655 Foster St. open until 9 p.m.
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center at 927 Noyes St. open until 7 p.m.
  • Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Ave. open until 9 p.m.
  • Robert Crown Center at 1701 Main St. open until midnight.

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