Mayor Dan Foy will implement the extreme cold
emergency plan when weather conditions are such that extreme low
temperatures occur or if wind chills reach -30 degrees below zero or colder,
with wind speed greater than or equal to 10 mph.
The heat emergency plan will be implemented when weather conditions are such
that the heat index may be 100 degrees or greater.
The Stickney Township Senior Center, located at 7745 S. Leamington
(708-636-8850) will be the primary warming / cooling center location. In
addition, the Stickney Township Office on Aging will provide Burbank Fire
and Police personnel with a list of homebound or at risk individuals that
will be checked periodically by firefighters and police.
If you would like to be included on this list, contact the Senior Center.
Residents are encouraged to check on relatives or friends who may be at risk
or in need of additional services due to extreme cold or heat temperatures.
Hot Weather Prevention Tips:
Avoid going out in the blazing heat, if possible, especially during the
sun's peak hours around mid-day.
Drink lots of water and natural juices; avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee
Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
Keep electric lights off or turned down.
Take cool baths or showers; use cool towels.
Stay in air conditioning at home or at a cooling center.
Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
Do not eat heavy meals; avoid using cooking ovens.
Slow down. Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
Do not let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes.
Check on family members, friends and neighbors. Offer and deliver assistance
If you or anyone you know needs emergency medical attention, call 911.
Other summer advice:
It is against the law to open a fire hydrant. If you see an opened hydrant,
please report it to 911 immediately. An open hydrant hinders the Fire
Department's ability to fight fires, reduces water pressure in your home and
may cause basement flooding. An opened hydrant is a very dangerous place for
children to play.
Any animal can suffer from the heat, particularly very young or very old
animals, short nosed breeds of dogs (e.g. pugs, bulldogs), heavy coated cats
and dogs, and pets who are overweight or have a medical condition. Provide
water and shelter from the sun at all times. Never leave pets in parked
vehicles. Even moderate heat rapidly increases and can kill the pet quickly.
Cold Weather Prevention Tips:
Avoid making unnecessary trips outside. If the task can wait until the
weather gets warmer, let it wait. If you go out into the cold, (especially
in cases where the wind chill index is well below zero), limit the time you
stay outside. Break longer tasks into shorter ones, with indoor rest periods
in between. Do not let children play outside for long periods of time.
Wear several layers of loose, warm clothing. Pay special attention to
keeping your head, ears, hands and feet warm. Wear a hat, scarf, gloves,
thick socks and winter boots. Stay dry, because moisture from perspiration
or melting snow can damage the insulating effectiveness of clothes. That is
because water conducts body heat 25 percent faster than air.
Pay extra attention to your body's daily needs. Drink warm beverages and
soup to help your body stay warm. Avoid alcoholic beverages, which can
impair your judgment. Alcohol also dilates blood vessels, which makes the
body lose heat faster. Check regularly on the well-being of friends,
relatives and neighbors who live alone and who are elderly or have a
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