Preparing for Chicago’s potentially dangerous heat wave

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With rising temperatures threatening to bring a potentially dangerous heat wave to Chicagoland over the next few days, it’s now more important than ever to take preventative steps against heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Here are three things you need to know to prepare for Chicago’s warmest week of the summer so far.

1. Tell tale signs of heat stroke

  • Body temperature exceeding 103 degrees
  • Red, hot and dry skin
  • Headache, dizziness and confusion
  • Nausea or signs of excessive sweating

2. What to do if you recognize these signs

  • Call for emergency medical attention since heat strokes progress quickly and can be fatal
  • Move the victim to a shaded or cooler area
  • Attempt to cool the person down

3. How to avoid a heat stroke

  • Keep hydrated- drink lots of water and beverages, especially if you plan to drink anything with caffeine or alcohol because both will dehydrate you.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your outdoor activity during peak sun hours
  • Listen to your body – if you feel tired and achy, don’t push through it as it may be a sign of heat exhaustion

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