City Of Chicago Warns Residents Of Excessive Heat, Offers Suggestions

Jim Gudas
June 29, 2018 - 11:43 am

WBBM Newsradio/Jim Gudas


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city of Chicago has prepared for the excessive heat, and the city wants residents to be ready too. 

Chicago Health Commissioner Julie Morita said the biggest concern is for the most vulnerable - the elderly, the ill and people without access to air conditioning.

"People who are at greatest risks for health problems because of these high temperatures are people with underlying health conditions, like lung disease or heart disease, the elderly and the very young," she said.

Joel Mitchell of Chicago Family Services is urging city residents to watch out for each other during the heat.

"We encourage family members and neighbors to check in with seniors or to call 311 for well-being checks," he said.

Other recommendations include wearing light clothing and limiting extreme activity. The city recommends staying hydrated, preferably drinking water, nothing with alcohol or caffeine.

To find the nearest cooling center in Chicago, call 311.

Mosquitoes, which can spread West Nile Virus, are also especially active during hot weather. The Chicago Health Department recommends dumping any standing water around your home to reduce the number of places mosquitoes can breed. The Health Department also recommends using mosquito repellant and limiting outdoor activity at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.