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Cooling Centers and Heat Precautions

Through this weekend our area will be experiencing above normal temperatures in the 90s. Here are some reminders about cooling centers and heat precautions.  

Cooling Centers  

FacilityAddressPhoneHours
Downers Grove Park District
Rec Center
4500 Belmont Road (630) 960-7250 HOURS
Downers Grove Park District
Lincoln Center
935 Maple Avenue (630) 963-1300 HOURS
Downers Grove Library  1050 Curtiss (630) 960-1200

M-F
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sat, 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Sun, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Downers Grove Fire Station #2 5420 Main St. (630) 434-5976 M-F, 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Downers Grove Police Dept.
Lobby
825 Burlington Ave (630) 434-5600 M-F, 
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PLEASE PHONE FIRST TO BE SURE THE LOCATION IS OPEN. Times subject to change. Please remember to check on the well being of friends and neighbors during severe weather conditions, especially the elderly or homebound.

  • Shopping Malls
  • Other public places

 Hot Weather Tips 

  • Stay in an air-conditioned space at home, the library, the mall, movie theater or at a cooling center.
  • Drink lots of water and natural juices. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and soft drinks.
  • Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but keep windows slightly open.
  • Stay out of the sun and avoid going out in the heat.
  • Keep electric lights off or turned down.
  • Take cool baths or showers.
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
  • Do not eat heavy meals. Avoid cooking with your oven.
  • Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
  • Do not sit in a hot car, even for a short time. Never leave a child or pet in a hot car.
  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they stay cool and safe, especially the very young and the elderly.

Keeping Cool Tips for Your Pets 

  • Provide water and shelter from the sun at all times.
  • Restrict activity during extreme heat.
  • Never leave pets in parked vehicles. Even moderate heat rapidly increases and can kill the pet quickly.
Anyone needing assistance during a period of extreme heat should call 9-1-1.

 Be Aware of the Signs of Heat Sickness

  • 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 cardiacn arrhythmias. 

Any person suffering from these symptoms may be in a life-threatening situation and should call 9-1-1 immediately.

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