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Collinsville cooling centers available

With extreme heat in the forecast for the next several days, Collinsville has several cooling centers available to the public.

They are:

Collinsville Senior Center

420 E. Main Street

Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm

 Collinsville VFW

1234 Vandalia Street

Daily 9:00am – 6:00pm

 Collinsville Library

408 W. Main Street

Mon-Thurs 8:30am – 8:00pm

Friday & Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 10 a.m. today until 7 p.m. Friday for all of Madison County, Ill. Heat indexes in some areas could climb to 109-degrees. The temperatures combined with high humidity could cause heat illness, the NWS advised.

The NWS says to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1.


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