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Posted on: July 20, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Willowbrook Village Hall Available as a Cooling Center

Please note the Willowbrook Village Hall, located at 7760 S. Quincy Street, can be used as a cooling center. The Village Hall cooling center is available 24 hours.

The Village of Willowbrook would like to remind residents to take precautions to ensure their health, safety and well-being during days of high heat and humidity.

During hot weather, it is important to become familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do if you or someone you know is suffering from either of these conditions. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, headache, cool and clammy skin, heavy perspiration, shallow breathing, muscle tremors and cramping. Additional symptoms for heat stroke, which can be fatal, include severe headache, a red and dry face, skin that is hot to the touch, rapid and shallow breathing, significantly elevated body temperature, weak pulse, changes in consciousness and seizures or cardiac arrhythmias. Any person suffering from these symptoms is in a life-threatening situation and 9-1-1 should be called immediately.

The following are hot weather tips to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses:
? Stay in an air-conditioned space at home, the library, the mall, movie theater or at a cooling center.
? Drink lots of water and natural juices. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and soft drinks.
? Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but keep windows slightly open.
? Stay out of the sun and avoid going out in the heat.
? Keep electric lights off or turned down.
? Take cool baths or showers.
? Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
? Do not eat heavy meals. Avoid cooking with your oven.
? Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
? Do not sit in a hot car, even for a short time. Never leave a child or pet in a hot car.
? Check on family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they stay cool and safe.
? If you or anyone you know needs emergency medical attention, call 9-1-1.
? It is against the law to open a fire hydrant. An open hydrant hinders the fire department's ability to fight fires, reduces water pressure in your home and may cause basement flooding.

Anyone needing assistance during this period of extreme heat should call (630) 325-2808.

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