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Heat Advisory Extended Through Tuesday

IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect until 7:00pm CDT Tuesday. Dangerous heat index values will peak between noon and 6:00pm today and Tuesday. The heat index today will range from 105 to 110 degrees in the afternoon hours with locally higher values. Tuesday afternoon, the heat index should be around 105.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke may come on quickly with any exertion. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Beat the heat, check the backseat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
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 light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
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.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun. And check up on relatives and neighbors.

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Schools Must Offer Insurance for Student Athletes

Updated: Tuesday, August 6 2013, 11:26 AM CDT

Illinois high schools will soon be required to buy health insurance for their athletes. A new state law directs districts to carry the insurance in case of a catastrophic injury.

Starting next year, both public and private high schools will be required to provide student athletes with $3 million in benefits or five years of coverage, whichever comes first.

The insurance would only kick in if the injures cost the athlete more than $50,000 in medical bills.

"It doesn't change anything around here, but certainly any time you can increase safety, and as a district, we can help give some increased safety to families and our staff, I think that's a good thing," Patrick Murphy of the Ball-Chatham School District said.

The insurance would be used for any injuries sustained during an IHSA-sanctioned event.

The association already provides insurance for catastrophic injuries at state tournaments.

The insurance is estimated to cost schools about $5 per student athlete per season.

Story by NewsChannel20.

Schools Must Offer Insurance for Student Athletes


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