NEW: A Comparison of Chicago Heat Waves and Hot Summers
Hot Weather Safety Tips:
Before the Heat Wave
· Have a place to cool off if you do not have air conditioning. Find out if your community has cooling shelters.
· If there are no cooling shelters available, plan to spend some time at a public library, shopping mall, or the home of a neighbor or family member where there is air conditioning.
· Check on the elderly, the infirm, and those living alone.
During the Heat Wave
· Drink plenty of water and juice, even if you’re not thirsty.
· Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and colas.
· Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity.
· Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
· Avoid going out during the hottest times of the day.
· If you must go out, use sunscreen and wear a hat. Remember that sunburn reduces the skin’s ability to provide cooling.
· Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, with windows open slightly if you don’t have air conditioning.
· Keep lights down low or turned off. Avoid using electrical appliances and the oven during the hottest times of the day.
· Take cool baths or showers. Use cool wet towels.
· Eat frequent, small meals. Avoid high protein foods.
· Do not leave children or pets in a closed vehicle – even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach 140 to 190 degrees within 30 minutes on a hot sunny day.
· The best way to beat the heat is to spend time in air conditioning. Even just two hours per day in air conditioning can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness.
Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat
Since 1998, 13 children have died in Illinois and 7 in Indiana from heat stroke suffered while in a vehicle (530 children have died nationwide). Nationally, half of these were children that were forgotten by a parent or other caregiver, and nearly 20 percent died when parents knowingly left their child in a vehicle. The rest died playing in an unattended vehicle.
All of these tragic deaths are preventable. To help bring awareness to this issue, the National Weather Service is using the slogan "Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat" to remind people to check for small children in a car seat and to never leave children unattended in a vehicle - even for a few moments. Remember that pets should also never be left in a vehicle during the summer months.
The following are basic safety recommendations:
· Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Not even for a minute!
· If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately!
· If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.
· Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.
· Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.
· Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
· Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is put in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver.
· Or, place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
· Make "look before you leave" a routine whenever you get out of the car.
· Ensure your child care provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.
90 and 100 Degree Weather Facts for Chicago and Rockford
· Chicago has had 65 days with a temperature of 100 or greater in 140 years of records, or once every 2 years.
· Most recent 100 degree day was 103 on July 6th, 2012. Previous to the 100 degree days this year, the last time triple digits were reached was on July 24, 2005 when the high was 102.
· The all-time record at an official Chicago observatory is 105 set on July 24, 1934 at University of Chicago. (109 was recorded at Midway on July 23, 1934. That is the highest temperature ever recorded at any Chicago location, but Midway was not the official Chicago Observatory at that time.)
· The most 100 degree days in a year is 1988 with 7.
· The most consecutive 100 degree days is 3 July 3-5, 1911, Aug 4-6 1947, and July 4-6, 2012.
· The 30 year normal number of 90 degree days in Chicago is 17.
· The record number of 90 degree days in a season is 47 in 1988, followed by 46 in 1955.
· The record for consecutive days in the 90s is 11, which occurred 4 times in 1953, 1954, 1955, and 1959.
· Rockford has had 110 days with a temperature of 100 or greater in 106 years of records, or about once a year.
· Most recent 100 degree day was 105 on July 7th, 2012. Previous to the 100 degree days this year, the last time triple digits had been reached was July 20, 2011 when the high was 100.
· The all-time record for Rockford is 112 on July 14, 1936.
· The most 100 degree days in a year is 15 in 1936.
· The most consecutive 100 degree days is 9 from July 6-14, 1936.
· The 30 year normal number of 90 degree days in Rockford is 15.
· The record number of 90 degree days in a season is 62 in 1921 followed by 52 in 1934.
· The record for consecutive days in the 90s is 21, which occurred in 1916 and 1921.Return to News Archive