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Downers Grove warns residents of heat wave this week, offers cooling centers

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:54 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The village of Downers Grove reminds residents to be aware of signs and symptoms of heat-related illness as high heat and humidity is forecasted through the end of the week.

Cooling centers are available at from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends at the Downers Grove Park District Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road.

The Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., is available as a cooling center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., also offers itself as a cooling center from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays both Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave., and the Police Department, 825 Burlington Ave., are cooling centers.

Residents were reminded to check to make sure friends, family and neighbors are cool and safe, especially the old and young.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, headache, cool and clammy skin, heavy perspiration, shallow breathing, muscle tremors and cramping.

Additional symptoms for heat stroke, which can be fatal, include severe headache, a red and dry face, skin that is hot to the touch, rapid and shallow breathing, significantly elevated body temperature, weak pulse, changes in consciousness and seizures or cardiac arrhythmias, according to the village.

Any person suffering from these symptoms may be in a life-threatening situation and should call 911 immediately, according to the village.

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