By Anna Lothson
Looks like the next week in Oak Park is going to be a hot one. In anticipation of the weather, the village released some tips:
Heat protection: With high temperatures predicted for the days ahead, public health officials are reminding residents that protection from the heat is vital for everyone, but especially the elderly and individuals with chronic diseases. On excessively hot days, avoid strenuous activity and stay inside whenever possible. In addition, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and hats, drink lots of water and take regular breaks if involved in physical activity. And be sure to check on relatives, friends and neighbors - especially the elderly - when temperatures rise. For more information on dealing with heat, call (708) 358-5480 or email email@example.com.
Cooling centers offer relief: Residents who don't have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of Oak Park's free cooling centers at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., and West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court. Free transportation is available by calling the Police Department's non-emergency telephone number, (708) 386-3800. Relief from the heat also can be found during business hours at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and all three branches of the Oak Park Public Library. More information on dealing with the heat is posted on the Village web site.
West Nile virus threat grows: As temperatures rise, so does the threat of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. The best defense is to reduce the chances of mosquito bites. Recommended steps include limiting time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, wearing long sleeves and pants, and applying insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Residents also are urged to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites by cleaning roof gutters, emptying birdbaths and storing containers upside down when not in use. For more information, call the West Nile Virus Hotline (708) 358-5694, visit www.oak-park.us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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