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The National Weather Service (NWS) has predicted excessive heat in the coming days for DuPage County. On average, heat kills more people each year than other weather-related hazards, such as tornadoes, floods and lightning.
The Lombard Fire Department is reminding residents of helpful tips to stay safe.
According to the NWS, heat accounted for an average of 113 fatalities each year from 2006–2015. During that same period, tornadoes caused an average of 110 deaths each year, while floods resulted in an annual average of 84 fatalities. Several tragic deaths also have occurred when children were left in vehicles unattended or got into vehicles without their parents’ knowledge and then couldn’t get out. It’s important to always lock car doors and trunks, even at home, and keep keys out of children’s reach.
Lombard is a neighbor friendly community and the Lombard Fire Department reminds residents to check on your neighbors and anyone who might be impacted by the heat such as senior citizens.
• 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.
• Avoid 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.
Residents in need of relief from the heat may visit cooling sites including the Helen Plum Library (630)627-0316 and Yorktown Shopping Center (630)629-7330 during their open hours. Please contact these sites for a list of hours.
Additional Heat Safety Resources:
- DuPage County Map of Cooling Locations
- Preparing For and Safety During Excessive Heat (ready.gov/heat)
Please contact Lombard Fire Department Assistant Chief Jerry Howell with any questions at (630)620-5736.