As temperatures are dropping to staggeringly cold temperatures this week, it’s important to make sure you are taking extra safety precautions. Wednesday is expected to have a high of -14 degrees and a low of -24 degrees. We may even break the record from 1985 for the lowest recorded temperature of -27 degrees. Thursday will be slightly “warmer” at a high of -1 degrees.
The Village of Oak Park has issued the following tips for staying safe in these brutal temperatures:
- Limit time outdoors in cold, wet, or windy weather. Pay attention to weather forecasts and wind chill readings. In very cold, windy weather, exposed skin can develop frostbite in a matter of minutes.
- Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing rather than a single layer. Air trapped between the layers of clothing acts as insulation against the cold. Wear windproof and waterproof outer garments to protect against wind, snow and rain. Choose undergarments that wick moisture away from your skin.
- Wear a hat that fully covers your ears. Heavy woolen or windproof materials make the best headwear for cold protection.
- Wear mittens rather than gloves, which provide better protection.
- Watch for signals of frostbite. Early signs include redness, prickling and numbness.
- Plan to protect yourself. When traveling in cold weather, carry emergency supplies and warm clothing in case you become stranded.
Warming centers have been made available around Oak Park to help keep residents warm.
Rush Oak Park Hospital
500 S. Maple Avenue
5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
West Suburban Medical Center
Erie Street & Austin Boulevard
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m on weekdays
Oak Park Township
130 S. Oak Park Avenue
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekdays
123 Madison Street
Housing Forward is also working with local congregations to open daytime warming centers. The latest information is available on their Facebook page or can be obtained by contacting them at 708-338-1724 or by email at email@example.com
Stay safe and warm out there, everyone!