IEMA, other local agencies offer safety tips for hot weather

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Emergency Management Agency officials are teaming up with local emergency management agencies to offer several tips to help keep people safe during hot temperatures.

IEMA Director James Joseph says officials are aiming to help people avoid risks related to excessive heat while still enjoying summer weather.  Joseph adds that one of the most important tips that emergency management agencies are offering is to never leave children, disabled adults, elderly people, or pets in parked cars, as temperatures can rise to dangerous levels in a short amount of time.

Additional safety tips include staying hydrated by drinking at least one-and-a-half to two quarts of liquid a day, to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, take advantage of cooling centers, public pools, and air conditioning, and make sure your pets have plenty of cool water and shade when outdoors.

For additional tips on how to keep safe during hot weather, visit www.Ready.Illinois.gov. 

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