Stay cool Chicagoland…cooling center list for the State of Illinois.

For a list of cooling centers in the State of Illinois, visit: Cool Tips for Everyone

  • Stay in air-conditioned space at home, the library, the mall, movie theater or at a cooling center.
  • Drink lots of water and natural juices. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and colas.
  • Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but keep windows slightly open.
  • Stay out of the sun and avoid going out in the heat.
  • Keep electric lights off or turned down.
  • Take cool baths or showers.
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
  • Do not eat heavy meals. Avoid cooking with your oven.
  • Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
  • Do not sit in a hot car, even for a short time. Never leave a child in a hot car.
  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they stay cool and safe.
  • If you or anyone you know needs emergency medical attention, call 911.
  • It is against the law to open a fire hydrant. An open hydrant hinders the fire department’s ability to fight fires, reduces water pressure in your home and may cause basement flooding.

Special Keeping Cool Tips for Seniors

  • During heat emergencies, seniors are urged to contact their local area agencies on Aging or the Senior HelpLine at (800) 252-8966 for assistance with locating senior centers, adult day service sites and other buildings that serve as cooling centers.
  • Humidity combined with temperature make up the heat index, which is similar to the wind chill factor in winter. If the temperature is in the 90s with high humidity, it can feel like it is well over 100 degrees.

Keeping Cool Tips for Your Pets

  • Provide water and shelter from the sun at all times.
  • Restrict activity during extreme heat.
  • Never leave pets in parked vehicles. Even moderate heat rapidly increases and can kill the pet quickly.

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On July 29, 2009 the Joliet and Will County Salvation Army Corps was able to participate at Silver Cross Field as the Joliet Jackhammers hosted “Christmas in July.” There was enough people in attendance (estimate of over 250 people) to qualify for the drawing of the $1000 prize, and we won!


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