With the expected hot temperatures across Wisconsin this week, it is important to keep cool and avoid heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Be sure to check on older family members, neighbors, and friends who may not have a way to keep cool.

If you or someone else is experiencing dizziness, headaches, muscle cramps, weakness or nausea and vomiting, get inside and get coolIf you or someone else is experiencing confusion, hot, dry skin, chest pains, or shortness of breath, call 911.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, follow these tips:·         

  • Drink plenty of water often; do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.·         
  • Wear light-weight, loose-fitting, light colored clothing.·         
  • Stay out of the sun, if possible. When in the sun, wear a hat (preferably with a wide brim) and use sunscreen.·         
  • Avoid strenuous activities if you are outside or in non-air conditioned buildings. If you are working outdoors, take frequent rest and refreshment breaks in a shaded area.·         
  • Never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in closed cars or other vehicles.·         
  • Stay cool indoors – if your home is not air conditioned, visit public facilities such as box stores, shopping malls and libraries to stay cool.

Learn more about extreme heat safety at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/climate/heat.htm, and follow the Monroe County Health Department on Facebook and Instagram for additional safety information.  

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