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Heat FAQs
Extreme Heat Tips
Hot Weather Emergencies
Preparing Kane Heat Wave Flyer
Kane County Cooling Centers

Weather Underground Website
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Air Quality Info:
Poor air quality often occurs during high heat days
Air Quality Index
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Watch for Air Pollution Action Days
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Air Pollution Action Day
A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health    EPA Brochure
 
Keep cool with these tips:
Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.

Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body. Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.

Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella.

Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches.

Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car.

Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

During a heat event -- check on your relatives, neighbors, and loved ones who are elderly or chronically ill to make sure they are managing.
 
 
The Kane County Office of Emergency Management, Kane County Health Department, and Kane County Animal Control Department monitor potential extreme heat conditions in the County and will take action based on extreme heat alerts issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).
 
Watch for these NWS Heat Alerts
Heat OutlookExcessive Heat Outlook:
Using a combination of temperature and humidity over a certain number of days the Excessive Heat Outlook is designed to provide an indication of areas where people and animals may need to take precautions against the heat during the months of May to November.
Heat WatchExcessive Heat Watch:
Issued when conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 12 to 48 hours. A Watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased but its occurrence and timing is still uncertain. A Watch provides enough lead time so that those who need to prepare can do so.
Heat AdvisoryHeat Advisory:
Issued within 12 hours of the onset of a heat index of at least 105 degrees F, but less than 115 degrees F, for less than three hours per day, or nighttime lows above 80 degrees for two consecutive days.
Heat WarningExcessive Heat Warning:
Issued within 12 hours of the onset of a heat index of at least 105 degrees for more than three hours per day for two consecutive days, or heat index more than 115 degrees F for any period of time.
 
During Advisory or Warning Conditions -
 follow this advice:
 
DO
  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air
  • Take a cool bath or shower
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun
  • Stay hydrated – regularly drink water or other nonalcoholic fluids
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads
  • Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes
  • Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat
  • Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.
DON'T
  • Direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90°f
  • Leave children and pets alone in cars for any amount of time
  • Drink alcohol to try to stay cool
  • Eat heavy, hot, or hard-to-digest foods
  • Wear heavy, dark clothing.
 
Office of Emergency Management