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.
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.