Governor Tony Evers has declared today (June 2nd) as Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin. Data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows seven people died in Wisconsin last year during the summer months due to heat-related causes, while thousands of people fall ill or are hospitalized in the state each year.
Tips for staying safe during extreme heat include:
- Stay cool – Remain inside air-conditioned buildings as much as possible during the hottest parts of the day and avoid direct sunlight.
- Stay aware – Watch for signs of heat-related illnesses such as weakness, dizziness, nausea and muscle cramps. If symptoms don’t improve, seek medical attention.
- Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink!
- Stay informed – Pay attention to local weather forecasts and extreme heat alerts.
During periods of extreme heat, the National Weather Service may issue advisories, watches or warnings to the public. When those conditions are present, people are encouraged to adjust their plans and take precautions to help reduce their risk of exposure to potentially dangerous conditions.