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City of Evanston opening two cooling centers amid dangerous heat

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EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) – With intense heat expected Thursday and Friday, the City of Evanston is urging residents to keep cool during the potentially dangerous weather.

They’re opening two cooling centers; one at the Robert Crown Community Center, located at 1801 Main St. from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. The second center will be at the Evanston Public Library, located at 1703 Orrington Ave. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The centers will be available for both days.

Community members are also reminded to check on those who are at risk for heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke.  

If you can’t make it to the centers, the city issues the following tips:

  • Drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and high salt intake.
  • Stay in cool, shaded areas while outdoors, and keep the blinds drawn or lights down indoors.
  • Use air conditioners or fans; avoid excessive exposure to heat in unventilated areas.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Take cool baths or showers, and use cool towels.
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing and a breathable hat.
  • Do not leave people or pets alone in a hot car, even for a few minutes.
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Residents can call or text 847-448-4311 or dial 311 in Evanston for more information.

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