High temperatures are expected over much of Wisconsin in the next several days, and Lincoln County Health Department is reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave.
“Hot temperatures and humidity can be dangerous and even deadly,” said Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator for Lincoln County Health Department. “During heat waves like this one, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.”
Follow these 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 a public cooling center in Lincoln County: Les and Jim’s Lincoln Lanes, Riverside Athletic Club, Smith Multi-Purpose Center (MARC), T.B. Scott Library, Merrill Enrichment Center, Tomahawk City Hall, Tomahawk Public Library, Tomahawk Senior Center, Strikers Tomahawk Bowl and Gleason Bowling Alley.
- 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.
- Keep your pets cool. Be sure to give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun, or bring them indoors. 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 cool washcloths on your neck or forehead. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, go to the emergency room or call 911.
For more information on heat safety go to www.ReadyLincoln.org or follow us on Facebook.