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Palos Park Police Department tips for dealing with Extreme Heat!
During the summer months heat waves are particularly dangerous for children and people with special needs. Please check on your neighbors and offer them assistance.
The terms listed below describe the illnesses that extreme heat can cause. Heat-related illnesses can become medical emergencies – call 911, especially in the case of heat stroke.

Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms resulting from heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe heat-related illness, they are an early signal that the body is having trouble coping with heat and should be treated immediately with rest and fluids. Stretching or direct pressure can also reduce cramps. Unless very severe, heat cramps do not require emergency medical attention.

Heat exhaustion occurs when body fluids are lost through heavy sweating due to vigorous exercise or working in a hot, humid place. Symptoms include: sweating; pale, clammy skin; fatigue; headache; dizziness; shallow breaths; and a weak or rapid pulse. Victims of heat exhaustion are tired but not confused. The condition should be treated with rest in a cool area, drinking water or electrolyte solutions, elevating the feet 12 inches, and further medical treatment in severe cases. If not treated, the victim’s condition may escalate to heat stroke. If the victim does not respond to basic treatment, seek medical attention.

Also called “sunstroke.” The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweat to cool the body, stops working. The skin is flushed, hot and dry, and body temperature may be elevated. The victim may also be confused, develop seizures, breathe shallowly and have a weak or rapid pulse. This is the most serious heat-related illness and people exhibiting these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention.

• Stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15).
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible to prevent sunburn.
• Give your body a chance to adjust to extreme temperature changes.
• Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.
• Use shades or awnings.
• Consider going to public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls.
• Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
• Find a cooling center. When the heat


Personal Safety in… 

Routine Banking
Protect your ATM personal identification number (PIN).  Stand directly in front of the ATM when you enter your PIN so no one can look over your shoulders to view your number entry.  When in your car, look in your mirrors and all around you, to ensure nobody is watching. Be prepared to conduct your transaction before you draw near the ATM or Night Deposit.  Complete your business promptly, secure money in your pocket or purse, always take your receipt (it shows your account number) and don’t linger in the area. Use care when going to and from your bank entrance and foyer. Be observant, and don’t display cash, checks or important documents.  Always be cautious of “odd” lurking strangers.  Watch over your deposit slips and check books.  These items present essential account information that should be safeguarded. 

While Walking
Stay alert and attentive to your setting and surroundings.  Walk confidently at a steady pace on well-traveled routes, and avoid walking at night.  Exercise caution when strangers (pedestrians or motorists) ask for information, and keep a safe distance to avoid being grabbed, clutched or dragged.  Carry a fully charged cell phone and participate in the
In Case of Emergency (ICE) Program.  (The ICE program is simple!  In your cell phone  phonebook, place the numbers of family members or friends you would like emergency first responders to call if you are injured, incapacitated or involved in some catastrophic event.  List the numbers in your cell phone under the acronym ICE.) 

At the Workplace
Always lock your car in the parking area before entering the building.  If you are the last person to leave the building at night, go ahead to your car in an observant and watchful manner.  Know the locations of all fire exits and fire extinguishers, report malfunctioning exterior and interior lighting, and steer clear of allowing strangers access to the workplace.  In your work area, keep your purse, wallet and other valuables out of open view.  Keep track of all office keys in the event of emergencies or other urgent situations.  Don’t give out personal information to strangers, unfamiliar persons or unknown callers.  Lock doors and keep the lights on when working after normal hours.  Avoid entering elevators with persons who look “out-of-place” and don’t use stairwells by yourself.  Whenever possible, let your spouse, friend, or relative know you are at work.  Call 9-1-1 for police and fire. 

When Driving
Park in highly visible areas in full view; in the evening, make certain that the lighting is satisfactory.  After parking, turn up windows and lock the doors.  When returning to your vehicle, approach your car cautiously with keys in-hand, looking around and inside the vehicle before entering.  Know the “Bump-and-Rob” scam.  That is when a vehicle jolts your car to force you to stop, thus making you a potential crime victim.  If it happens, remain in your locked vehicle, call 9-1-1 if you have a cell phone and drive to a busy, noticeable area.  Be very guarded if you spot a stranded motorist; if you wish to help them, call 9-1-1, instead of stopping.  If you are having serious car trouble, pull to the shoulder, raise your hood, engage four-way flashers and stay in your locked vehicle.  If you sense that you are being followed or pursued, call 9-1-1 and drive to the nearest police station.  When stopping allow sufficient room to maneuver around cars, in case an urgent situation arises or to avoid an accident.  If an auto thief threatens you with a firearm or weapon, exit the vehicle and give up your car.



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Palos Park, IL 60464

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