EFFINGHAM COUNTY, IL-(Effingham Radio)-Effingham County Emergency Management and the Effingham County Health Department urge Effingham County residents to take precautions the next couple of days due to the forecast of excessive heat.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued an excessive heat advisory for Effingham County from Friday, June 15, 2018 until Monday, June 18, 2018.
Afternoon heat index values may top out up to 105 degrees.
Temperatures this high could lead to heat related illnesses with prolonged exposure outdoors.
Illinois Department of Public Health recommends the following:
- Increase fluid intake, avoiding drinks with sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
- Decrease strenuous, outdoor activities and remain in air conditioning when possible.
- Check on well-being of elderly family and friends who may be living alone.
Symptoms of heat-related illness include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.
Individuals with chronic health conditions should be monitored because they may be more susceptible to the heat.
Residents are encouraged to also make preparations for their pets as well.
If you are in need of an emergency cooling center, please contact the Effingham County Sheriff’s office using their non-emergency number, 217-342-2101, and you will be put in contact with heat relief resources.