With heat indexes expected to top 100 degrees for the rest of this week, the Evanston Health Department has declared a heat advisory and has opened cooling centers across the city.

Acting health director Carl Caneva urges all residents to take preventive actions during this extremely hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat stroke.

Those without air conditioning may visit the following public cooling centers in Evanston:

• Chandler-Newberger Center at 1028 Central St. open until 9 p.m.
• Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd. open until 4:30 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.

The Evanston Health Department recommends the following to prevent heat related illnesses:

• Drink lots of water, sports beverages, or natural juices;
• Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and a high salt intake;
• Stay in cool, shaded areas and keep the blinds drawn or lights down;
• Avoid excessive exposure to the sun;
• Use air conditioners or fans; avoid excessive exposure to heat in unventilated areas;
• Reduce physical activity;
• Take cool baths or showers and use cool towels;
• Wear loose, light cotton clothing and a breathable hat;
• Eat light meals; avoid eating heavy meals and using the oven; and
• Do not sit or let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes.

Caneva reminds residents to check on their neighbors for heat related illness, especially elderly individuals.

For more information, please call 3-1-1.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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