Skokie prepares villagers for scorching heat
Updated: July 29, 2012 6:59AM
Temperatures that reached the 90s last week might not seem so bad after Thursday when some predict the thermometer to hit triple digits in the Chicago area.
Cooling centers in Skokie during heat advisories, which there is almost certain to be one Thursday, include the following:
• Illinois Department of Human Services, 8020 St. Louis Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
• The Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., (847) 673-7774, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
• The Skokie Park District’s Skatium, 9300 Weber Place, (847) 674-1500 ext. 2900, at the rear of the building, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
• The Skokie Park District’s Oakton Park Community Center, 4701 Oakton St., 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Skokie Health Department also recommends taking the following precautions during scorching heat of the kind predicted for later in the week:
• Use a buddy system to check on friends, relatives and neighbors.
• Plan activities for the coolest times of the day (early morning and late afternoon).
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing outdoors.
• Never leave children and pets in a parked vehicle.
• Protect pets. Make sure your pet always has cool, clean water and a shaded area to rest if left outside.
For more information, contact the Skokie Health Department at (847) 933-8252 or access www.skokie.org.