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As temps rise, so does potential for health problems

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As the thermometer climbs, so does the possibility increase for heat-related health issues.

“Hot temperatures and humidity can be dangerous and even deadly,” said Carol Drury, Environmental Health Manager for La Crosse County Health Department. “During heat waves like this one, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.”

La Crosse County had three confirmed heat related fatalities between 2011-15 according to the state.

The county recommends the following tips to stay safe during extreme heat:

  • Stay in air conditioning. When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, head to libraries, malls, and other public spaces to keep cool. Call 2-1-1 for information on cooling shelters.
  • Check on loved ones. Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day. If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air conditioned breaks.
  • Beware of hot cars. Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on hot days. Avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals.
  • Stay informed. Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely. Pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

If you start feeling overheated, weak, dizzy, nauseated, or have muscle cramps, you could be experiencing heat illness. Move to air conditioning, drink water, get under a fan, and put on cool washcloths. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, go to the emergency room.


Heat-Related Safety Tips-Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services

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