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How to beat this heat.

With heat index values nearing 100 degrees today, the City of Evanston said in a news release that it’s encouraging residents to take preventive actions during this hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heatstroke.

Community members are also reminded to check on those at risk for heat-related illness, especially elderly individuals.

Cooling Centers

The following City facilities will be available to the public as cooling centers today:

Robert Crown Community Center and Library, 1801 Main St. Open until 9 p.m.

Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Noon to 6 p.m.

As a reminder, all visitors must wear a face covering while at these facilities.

Tips to prevent heat-related illness

  • Drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol, caffeine and high salt intake

  • Stay in cool, shaded areas while outdoors, and keep the blinds drawn or lights down indoors

  • 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

  • Do not leave people or pets alone in a hot car, even for a few minutes

For more information, call/text 847-448-4311.

For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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