The City of Joliet reminds residents to take precautions to ensure their health, safety and well-being during days of high heat and humidity. According to the National Weather Service, an excessive heat watch is in effect for the area from Thursday, July 18 until Saturday, July 20, 2019.
A list of cooling centers around Will County can be found at: https://www.willcountyema.org/warmingcooling
Buildings that are open to the public during regular business hours may also be able to accommodate those seeking shelter from the extreme temperatures. Residents are encouraged to keep weekend hours in mind when checking on locations.
CHANGE TO REFUSE PICKUP SCHEDULE: Garbage, recycling and yard waste that is regularly scheduled for Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19, 2019 will begin at 6 a.m. instead of the usual 7 a.m. start due to the excessive heat watch.
Please remember to check on the elderly, those with medical conditions and those with special needs during periods of extreme hot weather.
During hot weather, it is important to become familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do if you or someone you know is suffering from either of these conditions. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, headache, cool and clammy skin, heavy perspiration, shallow breathing, muscle tremors and cramping.
Additional symptoms for heat stroke, which can be fatal, include severe headache, a red and dry face, skin that is hot to the touch, rapid and shallow breathing, significantly elevated body temperature, weak pulse, changes in consciousness and seizures or cardiac arrhythmias. Any person suffering from these symptoms is in a life-threatening situation and 9-1-1 should be called immediately.
The following are hot weather tips to protect you from heat-related illnesses:
Special Keeping Cool Tips for Seniors
Keeping Cool Tips for Your Pets
Anyone needing assistance during a period of extreme heat should call 9-1-1.
Images courtesy of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Romeoville