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Be safe, beware heat this Memorial Day in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -

City agencies in Chicago are urging residents to be safe when they drive, boat and enjoy the outdoors on what promises to be a hot and muggy Memorial Day weekend.

The city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications says people should take special care to prepare for the heat - and that means making sure children, the elderly and family pets have plenty to drink.

The office is also reminding people not to go outside when temperatures are the highest. Also, the office asks that people be good neighbors by checking on the elderly people who live nearby or elderly and frail relatives.

Chicago officials reminds the public that if they can't check on the elderly they can call 311 to request a well-being check.

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