Northern Illinois Counties Aim To Keep Public Safe In Extreme Heat

Jul 16, 2019

In the midst of summer’s high temperatures, DeKalb, Winnebago and Boone Counties are ensuring the public is safe in times of extreme heat.

The Rockford City Market is moving many of its vendors inside the market building and under the Rockford City Market Pavilion on Friday due to the ongoing heatwave. 

The DeKalb County Health Department is sharing tips to help the public stay cool, hydrated, and informed.   

The tips include staying in air-conditioned locations, drinking more water than usual and checking local news outlets for extreme heat warnings. 

The department’s website includes the full list of tips.

Meanwhile, seven different sites in Winnebago and Boone Counties are serving as cooling centers this summer.

The sites are located in Rockford, Machesney Park, Pecatonica, and Belvidere.

According to DeKalb County’s Health Department, public libraries and government-owned buildings also serve as cooling centers during regular business hours.

A full list of official cooling centers and their hours can be found on the City of Belvidere’s website.