City warns of heat dangers

June 17, 2010 (CHICAGO) Extreme heat can be dangerous and even deadly, according to the Office of Emergency Management Communications.

Hot temperatures are in the forecast for the next few days. So residents are urged to keep hydrated and avoid going out during the hottest times of the day.

City officials also encourage people to check in on neighbors. Those most vulnerable to the heat are the elderly, children, and pets.

"Check in on our friends, relatives, and neighbors. Make sure they're safe and comfortable. We want residents to know we're here for them and for information on services that we provide, you can dial 311, for an emergency you can dial 911," said Hosea Santiago, exec. dir., OEMC.

Residents can call 311 for a ride to any of the city's six cooling centers. People can also cool off in public libraries, park facilities and police stations.

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