DeKalb County Health Officials Issue Excessive Heat Warning

Jul 19, 2016

The DeKalb County Health Department issued an excessive heat warning until Sunday.

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Health officials say the warning especially applies to children, the elderly and those with mental illness and chronic diseases. They also say to stay cool and hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and to not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle – even with the windows down or even for a few minutes.

According to a news release, the following cooling centers are available for residents to get out of the heat:

  • DeKalb Senior Center, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday
  • DeKalb and Sycamore Public Libraries open during normal business hours
  • For a cooling center after hours, contact police dispatch at 815-748-8400

Some signs of heat-related illness may include paleness, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, vomiting or fainting. Health officials say to call 911 if heat stroke is suspected.