From the Village of Oak Park:
Rising temperatures prompt public health warnings, advice
With temperatures predicted to soar to dangerous levels, public health officials are reminding residents that protection from the heat is vital for everyone, but especially the elderly and individuals with chronic diseases. On excessively hot days like those predicted this week, avoid strenuous activity and stay inside whenever possible. In addition, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and hats, drink lots of water and take regular breaks if involved in physical activity. And be sure to check on relatives, friends and neighbors — especially the elderly — when temperatures rise. Residents who don’t have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of Oak Park’s free cooling centers at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., and West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court. Free transportation is available by calling the Oak Park Police Department’s non-emergency telephone number, 708.386.3800. Relief from the heat also can be found during business hours at Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and all three branches of the Oak Park Public Library. More information on dealing with the heat is on the Village web site.
Refuse haulers to start early to beat the heat
Due to predictions of extreme heat conditions this week, crews from the Village’s refuse contractor, Waste Management, will begin collections at 6 a.m., Thursday and Friday, an hour earlier than usual. The special request to start early was granted to help ease heat-related safety concerns for drivers who service up to 800 homes per day. All routes south of Madison Street will be affected. Click here for more information on refuse hauling routes and guidelines.
Understand the message
Weather forecasters use various phrases when predicting high-heat conditions. Here’s what they mean:
- Excessive heat watch – Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.
- Excessive heat warning – Heat Index values are forecast to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least two days, with daytime highs 105° – 110° Fahrenheit.
- Heat advisory – Heat Index values are forecast to meet locally defined advisory criteria for one to two days, with daytime highs 105° – 110° Fahrenheit.
Stay Cool and take care!