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Prevent heat-related illness, injury during summer heat wave: Tips

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Hot, steamy weather is settling over Illinois and forecasters say the dangerous heat index will make it feel like it's in the triple digits.

Meteorologists say the humidity will make it feel like it's between 98 degrees and 104 degrees outside.

Communities across the state are opening cooling centers and the Illinois Department of Public health is urging people to stay safe as the mercury climbs.

The National Weather Service in Romeoville blames the heat wave on a "persistent area" of high pressure that's stalled over the region.

The hottest weather is expected to hit on Friday, when the heat index will make it feel like it's 105 degrees.

It's getting hot out there! With a possible heat advisory on its way, FOX 32 News and medical contributor Dr. Mona Khanna want to make sure you stay safe.

Here are some simple rules to follow to keep cool and prevent heat-related injuries like heat stroke and heat exhaustion this summer:

  • Drink water,
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, soda
  • Avoid going outside if possible
  • Keep electric light low or off
  • Minimize use of stove/oven
  • Keep shades drawn, windows slightly open
  • Wear loose cotton clothing
  • Take cool baths/showers
  • Never leave anyone or a pet in a car even for a few minutes

If you need help or think a neighbor needs help, call 311 to find the nearest cooling center. The City of Chicago has six. You can also request a well-being visit for a neighbor you are worried about.

LIST: Cities open cooling centers to beat the heat

Many Chicagoans will head to the lakefront to beat the heat. But be careful and call 911 if you start to feel dizzy, nauseous or a throbbing headache. Those are the warning signs of heat stroke.

Don't forget your pets in the extreme heat. Never leave them in a parked car, even in moderate heat. It can be harmful, and can quickly escalate to fatal results.

PATRICK: Tips to protect your pets, keep cool during summer heat

If you have to exercise in this heat, take extra precautions to avoid a life-threatening situation.

Doctors say active individuals may think they are the best of athletes, but this kind of heat can sneak up and cause heat-related illnesses. They also warn that exercising in heat can elevate your body temperature by five degrees in the first 15 minutes.

Doctors recommend a slower pace, breathing deeply and hydrating thoroughly before and after exercise are all great tips.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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