The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds the public to take extra precautions and to stay informed about weather-related conditions. An excessive heat watch is in effect early Saturday morning and continuing through Monday evening, with temperatures expected to reach as high as 105 degrees with warm and humid nighttime conditions in the city.
Also, with the hot and humid conditions, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) stresses that residents and visitors take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and related diseases such as the West Nile Virus.
As temperatures rise, we remind seniors to stay indoors, if possible, and for the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Everyone should stay hydrated, stay in a cool place and stay in touch with friends and family members who may need additional help.
Chicago’s beaches and pools will be open this weekend to provide relief from the heat. Swimming is allowed when lifeguards are on duty and beach-goers should heed any warnings by officials. Visitors should check www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/beaches for updates on water conditions. Boaters are reminded to wear safety vests to keep everyone safe – even the best swimmers can experience a situation resulting in putting first responders at risk for a rescue as well.
Those attending the many outdoor events this weekend including the Puerto Rican Festival and People's Parade, Taste of Randolph, Northerly Island concert, Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago Pride Fest, fireworks at Navy Pier and White Sox games, are cautioned to take precautions to enjoy events safely.
“Heat exhaustion” is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. “Heat stroke” is more serious, and occurs when the body starts to lose its ability to regulate itself. The telltale signs of heat stroke are:
If you see someone suffering from heat stroke, take immediate action. Call 9-1-1 immediately and then try to move the person into a cool place and cool the person with water.
Residents can also take advantage of the City’s Cooling Centers to find relief from extreme heat.
Call 3-1-1 to:
Basic tips if your child or pet is locked in the car:
To avoid locked car emergencies:
Safety tips for Pet Owners:
Pets can suffer in extreme heat, too. Take extra precautions such as:
For more information see:
West Nile Virus Prevention Efforts:
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) consistently monitors for West Nile Virus (WNV) across the city and determines the need for spraying based on those confirmed reports, if any. CDPH reminds residents, especially those spending time outdoors, to protect themselves from mosquito-related illness by taking a few precautionary steps. WNV can cause an illness called West Nile Fever, characterized by fever, muscle aches, rash and headache.
CDPH officials are asking everyone to help thwart the insects by:
The second important step is to prevent mosquitos from biting:
Chicago’s OEMC will be monitoring conditions throughout the weekend and is coordinating situations with our public safety partners.
Additional emergency preparedness information and tips are available on the Office of Emergency Management and Communications’ website: www.cityofchicago.org/oemc. For timely updates and other information, follow OEMC on Twitter: @ChicagoOEMC and Facebook: @facebook/coemc.