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Heat Advisory

posted Jul 3, 2012, 11:53 AM by Brian Donahoe   [ updated Jul 3, 2012, 11:54 AM ]

Lake County is under another heat advisory this week, with highs in the 90s and approaching 100°. This severe heat can pose a serious risk to health and safety. The public is advised to stay in a cool environment as much as possible, and remain hydrated. Get more hot weather safety tips from the Lake County Health Department. There are cooling centers located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state, as well as at Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area. For more information, call the IDHS hotline at (800) 843-6154, or visit

In addition, several municipalities in the area have opened cooling centers for the public. The Village of Mundelein has opened Cooling Centers at the Police Department at 221 N. Lake St., 24 hours per day, and the Fire Department at 1000 N. Midlothian Rd., open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Area hotels have limited vacancies but will consider the Village's needs first. If you have any specific questions related to the Mundelein cooling centers, please contact the Mundelein Police Department at 847-968-4600 or the Mundelein Fire Department at 847-949-3260 for further assistance. Please share this message with and monitor your neighbors and relatives, especially seniors. Should you have an emergency, please call 911.

Additionally, dry weather across northeastern Illinois has led to increased risk for wildfires. The Lake County Fire Chiefs Association and the Lake County Emergency Management Agency are warning residents to celebrate safely over the Fourth of July holiday by refraining from using sparklers or illegal personal fireworks because they can produce sparks that can start wildfires when conditions are very dry.

Several local fireworks shows have been cancelled as well...

From the Village of Mundelein (link):

Because of extremely dry weather conditions and the potential for high winds the Village of Mundelein has decided to cancel its annual Fourth of July fireworks demonstration. The decision was made after discussions with Fire Safety personnel and a representative of the fireworks company, Pyrotecnico, Inc. The Village of Mundelein fireworks display is very close to a heavily populated and wooded residential subdivision which greatly increased the concerns for public safety. The risk of fire from falling cinders was a serious concern. The fireworks reschedule date has yet to be determined. The 4th of July outdoor concert featuring Slamabama will take place as scheduled at the Kracklauer Park gazebo from 7-9:30 p.m.


From the Village of Wauconda (link):

Due to the severity of the exceptionally dry conditions in the area, Wauconda's Annual Independence Day Fireworks scheduled for Tuesday, July 3rd has been postponed. In consultation with the Fire District and other partnering agencies, it has been determined that existing weather conditions pose the potential for fires in the neighborhoods surrounding the launch site due to fireworks' debris fallout, making life safety a top priority.

source: Diana O'Kelly July 3rd, 2012 newsletter