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Illinois opened more than 100 cooling centers

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Staff writer ▼ | July 22, 2013
The state has opened more than 100 cooling centers around Illinois to help those without air conditioning find a bit of refreshment.
Illinois heat
Illinois heatThe state has opened more than 100 cooling centers around Illinois to help those without air conditioning find a bit of refreshment.


Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state's cooling centers: "High temperatures can be extremely dangerous, especially for senior citizens and young children. I urge all residents to take the safety steps necessary to stay cool, and be alert for signs of heat-related illness."

The cooling centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS cooling centers are open to the public during regular business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need a nearest cooling center, you may call the IDHS hotline at (800) 843-6154 or visit their website.

In addition to the IDHS cooling centers, the Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Public Health are encouraging Illinoisans to watch for signs of heat-related illnesses. Symptoms include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.

The Illinois Department on Aging also encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. Seniors and people with chronic health conditions should be monitored for dehydration and other effects of extreme heat, eat lighter meals, take longer and more frequent rests, and drink plenty of fluids.


 

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