IMPACTS... TEMPERATURES THIS HIGH COULD LEAD TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES WITH PROLONGED EXPOSURE. THE ELDERLY... SMALL CHILDREN AND PETS ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE. PLAN AHEAD. HAVE A COOL PLACE TO SHELTER FROM THE HEAT. AVOID OUTDOOR ACTIVITY DURING THE AFTERNOON. YOUNG CHILDREN AND PETS SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE DURING WARM OR HOT WEATHER WHEN CAR INTERIORS CAN REACH LETHAL TEMPERATURES IN A MATTER OF MINUTES.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS... IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE... RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY... CALL 9 1 1.
According to the emergency plan, "The Stickney Township Senior Center, located at 7745 S. Leamington (708-636-8850) will be the primary warming / cooling center location."
Senior Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
After the Senior Center closes, residents can go to the Burbank Police Station, 5650 W. 75th Pl., to get cool. Division Chief Mike Dudlo said that residents are welcome to relax in the station's multipurpose room.
"Tonight [Thursday] we have to use the room for [municipal] hearings. Residents are welcome to sit through the hearings and as soon as they're over we'll turn on the TV for them," Dudlo said
Prairie Trails Public Library, 8449 S. Moody Ave., is another location Burbank resident can go to cool down. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Burbank Park District's Water Park, 6100 W. 85th St., is a great place to beat the heat. The water park is open Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A daily fee applies to use the water park. For more information call (708) 599-5832.
The City of Burbank website offers the following advice for dealing with the warm weather:
Hot Weather Prevention Tips
- Avoid going out in the blazing heat, if possible, especially during the sun's peak hours around mid-day.
- Drink lots of water and natural juices; avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and colas.
- Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
- Keep electric lights off or turned down.
- Take cool baths or showers; use cool towels.
- Stay in air conditioning at home or at a cooling center.
- Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
- Do not eat heavy meals; avoid using cooking ovens.
- Slow down. Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
- Do not let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes.
- Check on family members, friends and neighbors. Offer and deliver assistance to them.
If you or anyone you know needs emergency medical attention, call 911.
Other summer advice:
It is against the law to open a fire hydrant. If you see an opened hydrant, please report it to 911 immediately. An open hydrant hinders the Fire Department's ability to fight fires, reduces water pressure in your home and may cause basement flooding. An opened hydrant is a very dangerous place for children to play.
Any animal can suffer from the heat, particularly very young or very old animals, short nosed breeds of dogs (e.g. pugs, bulldogs), heavy coated cats and dogs, and pets who are overweight or have a medical condition. Provide water and shelter from the sun at all times. Never leave pets in parked vehicles. Even moderate heat rapidly increases and can kill the pet quickly.