Important Safety Precautions During Extreme Heat

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the city of Chicago for and Tuesday, August 26 and 27.

During the summer months, temperatures in Chicago can reach dangerous levels. Besides discomfort, extremely high temperatures, especially when combined with high humidity, can pose serious harm to your personal health. Extremely high temperatures can be particularly hazardous for children, the elderly, those with special needs and pets.

It is important to treat extreme heat temperatures as you would any other emergency. This means being personally prepared whether you are at home, work or on-the-go. The City of Chicago offers a number of important safety precautions that can be found here.

If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, call IIT Public Safety at 312.808.6363 or 911.

The exceptionally high temperatures forecasted for today and tomorrow are a reminder to us all how much we depend on our energy resources. Please pay special attention to simple energy saving actions such as turning off lights, computers and other equipment when not in use.