• Quinn urges use of cooling centers in anticipated heat

    by  • August 28, 2013 • News

    With hot weather expected this week, Gov. Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s cooling centers. dangerous-heat

    Cooling centers are located at Illinois department of human services offices throughout the state and are open to the public during regular business hours from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

    In Marion County, the site is at 800 South Locust Street in Centralia and in Jefferson County, the site is at 333 Potomac Boulevard in Mount Vernon .

    To find a cooling center near you, call the IDHS hotline at 800-843-6154. Many hospitals and churches are also places residents can go to keep cool.

    With a heat index expected today of 105, residents should watch for signs of heat-related illnesses, which include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, and loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.

    To stay cool and avoid illness, people should increase their fluid intake but avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and sugar; decrease strenuous, outdoor physical activity and remain in air-conditioning when possible.