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Beat the Heat with these Tips from the NWS

The National Weather Service offers tips on how to stay cool during the hot summer months.

As continues to endure hot temperatures, we want to make sure you're keen on how to stay cool during the summer. Temperatures are expected to reach triple-digit levels during the season, so allow us to make life ridiculously easy for you by giving you more tips on how to stay cool with information courtesy of the National Weather Service.

  • Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who (1) have epilepsy or heart, kidney,or liver disease, (2) are on fluid restrictive diets or (3) have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.
  • Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

As you do these things, make sure you check up on elderly and younger relatives and friends.

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Need a place to stay cool?

, 3450 W 97th St, is serving as the village's cooling center until the temperature cools down. Residents may visit between 8 a.m.-10 p.m. this week.

Additionally, residents are welcome to visit the , 9400 S. Troy Ave.

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