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The City of Evanston’s Health Department Director Evonda Thomas reminds residents that as temperature and humidity levels increase, so too does the chance of suffering from heat illness. Residents should be especially careful under these conditions while enjoying outdoor events and outdoor recreational activities. Residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they believe they or a loved one is suffering from a heat-related emergency.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 8 p.m. this evening, with temperatures expected in the mid 90s that will create a heat index in the 103 to 109 degree range.

The Health Department is recommending that residents take a few simple steps to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

• If you do not have air conditioning, go to a public building such as a library, shopping mall or other public building.
• Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
• Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body. Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.
• Dress in loose fitting clothing
• Infants and children should be shaded with hats or an umbrella.
• Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches. Heat exposure is cumulative—If you find yourself spending extended time outside, take plenty of breaks by finding shade or, better yet, in an air-conditioned building.
• Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area. Do not leave pets in vehicles.
• Please check on neighbors who may be vulnerable to excessive heat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the symptoms and treatment for heat stroke, heat exhaustion and other heat-related ailments here: www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress.