The heat index, a measure of how hot it actually feels when humidity is taken into account, could reach 110 degrees Thursday in Darien, according to the National Weather Service.
A heat advisory is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, with an expected high of 101 degrees and peak heat index readings of 105 to 110.
The National Weather Service issued this warning on Tuesday with regard to Thursday’s heat:
"To minimize the threat of excessive heat exposure, take frequent breaks during any strenuous outdoor activity, preferably in an air-conditioned location. If possible, reschedule these activities during the cooler early morning or evening hours. Stay hydrated with non-alcoholic fluids, preferably water, and wear light-fitting loose clothes. Provide shelter from the sun and water for pets. Do not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even for a minute."
Keep your cool
Earlier this week, Patch offered tips from officials at the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and we think they bear repeating. Follow these tips to stay safe during the summer heat:
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Check on children, the elderly and those with functional needs to make sure they’re staying safe.
- Ensure that your pets’ needs for water and shade are being met.
- Residents without air conditioning should consider going to a mall or other indoor, air conditioned area, including one of the DuPage County cooling sites.
In Darien, designated cooling sites include:
- The lobby and training room of the , 1710 Plainfield Road, Monday through Friday until 10 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the police department’s non-emergency number at 630-971-3999.
- , 401 Plainfield Road, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 630-887-8760.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) emphasizes that pets should never be left in parked vehicles on hot days. The temperature inside a car can rise to 120 degrees within a matter of minutes. Pets can suffer irreversible organ damage and death.
Whenever pets are outside they require shade and cool water. Protection from the heat is a must, according to the Humane Society. A dog house does not provide relief from the heat.
The Humane Society recommends limiting exercise on very hot days to early morning or evening hours. Owners should be particularly careful with pets with white-colored ears, that are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets that may have difficulty breathing.
Walking dogs on grass is also suggested, since asphalt can become very hot and can burn a dog’s paws.
Know the signs of heat stroke in your pet:
- Heavy panting
- Glazed eyes
- A rapid heartbeat
- Excessive thirst
- Dizziness, lack of coordination
- Profuse salivation
- A deep red or purple tongue
In cases of heat stroke:
- Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
- Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the pet.
- Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
- Take your pet directly to a veterinarian.
Source: Humane Society of the United States
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