Bitter cold continues to hit West Side

January 31, 2019
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Record cold temperatures continued on Thursday, closing schools, colleges, museums and businesses throughout Chicago for a second day with 1 to 3 inches of snow expected later in the day.

City officials remind residents that they should call 3-1-1 to:

  • locate one of the city’s six warming centers
  • request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from extreme weather
  • report inadequate heat in a residential building; landlords must heat residential buildings to at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight
  • learn about programs that assist with home heating costs
  • connect to shelter and supportive services

If you need to go outside in the bitter cold, make sure to:

  • wear several layers of loose, warm clothing
  • keep your head, hands and feet covered when outdoors
  • avoid alcoholic beverages
  • recognize the symptoms of hypothermia: stiff muscles, shivering, puffy or swollen face, cold skin, slow breathing and mental confusion

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