Heat remedies include earlier trash collection in Joliet
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org July 17, 2013 8:26PM
Lockport Township Park District day campers Sean Winters (from left), Jake Regan and Ranik Jelinek drink lots of water to keep their cool while playing outside at Dellwood Park on Wednesday. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 19, 2013 3:50PM
Plenty of water and shade were the orders of the day for anyone outside Wednesday as the temperatures continued to rise.
Waste Management garbage collectors hope to find one way to beat the heat: Residential garbage and recycling collections in the city of Joliet will begin one hour earlier this week due to the excessive heat in the forecast. The move is a safety measure to battle “intense heat and humidity” faced by drivers, the company said in a news release.
Collections at Joliet residences are to begin at 6 a.m. rather than the regular 7 a.m. start time. The time change affects only residential collection routes, the release said.
“Residents should place their materials out on the night before their collection day, or an hour earlier than regular collection begins on their service day. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this period of high temperatures,” said Mike Morley, a company spokesman.
But for folks out during Wednesday afternoon, there were no remedies.
Laura and Joe Buhay, of Plainfield, brought their own shade to their son’s high school summer baseball tournament — in the form of a giant umbrella, complete with window flaps that open to let the air flow and close for rain.
“We tried sitting under the press box. Everyone is under there trying to keep cool, but there’s no breeze,” Laura said as they waited for the game to begin between Joliet Catholic Academy and Lincoln-Way North on the Lockport Township High School field.
“You just cook in the bleachers,” she said, pointing out that none of those seats was in the shade. “If the heat index reaches 100, the kids don’t play and we’re just shy of that.”
The players kept rags soaked in ice water to keep their cool, she said.
Meanwhile, no matter what the temperature, letter carrier Michael Hohe will be out delivering mail. He keeps his head and neck covered with a hat and downs lots of water.
“If the customers see you dying, they might offer you some water. It’s not possible to beat the heat,” he said.
Water, water and more water was on tap for the day campers at Dellwood Park in Lockport.
“We try to keep them in the shade and I make sure they drink plenty of water,” camp coordinator Sarah Aspel said. But the day also included water balloons, sprinklers and a walk to the pool.
“We’re always on the lookout for signs of heat problems,” she said.
Day camper Jake Regan, 8, of Homer Glen, said his favorite activity was squatting on water balloons.
For fellow camper Ranik Jelinek, 10, of Lockport, it was playing a different version of Duck, Duck, Goose. Those who were “goosed” got doused with water, he said.
Still, that was not enough for Cody Rush, 8, who stopped on his way to the pool to stick his head in the water fountain.
“My head needs a drink,” he said.