Stay Cool During Extreme Heat

Stay Cool During Extreme Heat

As summer heats up and temperatures rise above normal this weekend, it's crucial to take steps to stay safe while enjoying the sunshine.

Click here for or a list of cooling centers available in DuPage County. 

Elmhurst Designated Cooling Centers:

Elmhurst Police Department
125 E. First St.
Non-Emergency number: (630) 530-3050
Open 24 hours/7 days a week

Elmhurst Public Library
125 S. Prospect Ave.
(630) 279-8696
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Elmhurst City Hall
209 N. York St.
(630) 530-3000
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: closed

Follow these safety tips to protect against sunburn and heat-related illnesses:

  • Never leave anyone, including pets, in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher at least 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Increase fluid intake: Drink more liquids than your thirst indicates, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Recognize symptoms of heat exhaustion: Heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast, shallow breathing.
  • If someone is overheated, move them to a cooler place, loosen tight clothing, apply cool, wet cloths, and slowly give them cool water to drink.
  • Be aware of heat stroke symptoms: Hot, dry skin, hallucinations, chills, throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion, dizziness, and slurred speech. If you suspect someone is experiencing heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Cool the person quickly with a cool bath or wet sheets. If the person refuses water, is vomiting, or shows decreased consciousness, do not offer food or drinks.

For more tips on staying cool during hot weather, visit the CDC's "Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather" page at https://www.cdc.gov/extreme-heat/about/index.html.