Warming Centers and Cold Weather Safety
Please stay safe during winter's extreme weather! When temperatures drop to dangerously cold levels, consider limiting travel if at all possible, and check on friends, family, neighbors, and the elderly. If you must travel and are traveling in a car, bring extra clothing to keep warm in case of breakdown. Warming centers are open at:
The Franklin Park Community Center (9560 Franklin Avenue)
Monday through Friday, 6 AM - 9 PM
Saturday and Sunday 7AM - 9 PM
Franklin Park Ice Arena (9711 Waveland Avenue)
Everyday, 6 AM - 11 PM
Rush Oak Park (500 South Maple in Oak Park)
Everyday, 24 hours per day
Also, a few simple steps can help you to protect your pipes from freezing. Start by opening the cabinet doors to help warm up the pipes. You can prevent freezing by keeping a small trickle of water running through the pipes on extra cold days.
When spending time outdoors during cold weather, watch for signs of frostbite, including skin that is whitish and stiff and will feel numb rather than painful. If you notice these signs, take immediate action.
- Wear several layers of lightweight clothing. The air between the layers of clothing acts as insulation to keep you warmer.
- Cover your head. You lose as much as 50 percent of your body heat through your head.
- Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The contact of your fingers keeps your hands warmer.
- Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks or two pairs of lightweight socks.
- Cover your ears and the lower part of your face. The ears, nose, chin and forehead are most susceptible to frostbite.
- Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect the lungs from directly inhaling extremely cold air.
Village Named Outstanding Employer
Congratulations to the Village of Franklin Park for being named Outstanding Employer of the Year by Leyden High School. This award was given to recognize the Village for their dedication and service to the Leyden's Cooperative Education Program. The Village, along with several other area businesses, partner with Leyden to provide job opportunities for seniors through their Cooperative Education Program. The Village has had students working in the Building and Public Works Department and the Clerk’s Office. Students learn about specific responsibilities and services provided by the Village and gain valuable hands-on experience to help them in their future careers.
Let's Move This Winter
Don’t let the cold winter weather get you down. You can still be active during the winter season. Bundle up and get out for a brisk walk. Find a trail to enjoy the winter scenery or simply go for a walk through our neighborhoods. Either way, it will get your heart pumping and the fresh air will do you good! If it’s too cold for you outside, then turn up the music indoors and dance the day away. It’s a fun way to work off extra calories. Head into the kitchen to try out a healthy recipe for your family. After dinner, take the family to our Community Center or Park District facility to shoot hoops. It’s a great way to meet new friends too!