FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2013
Jennifer Miller, DHS, (608)
Lori Getter, WEM, (608) 242-3239
HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE PRECAUTIONS AS HIGH TEMPERATURES PREDICTED TO RETURN
Heat Advisories Possible
MADISON—State emergency management and health officials are urging
people to “beat the heat” if they have to be outside or in non-air
conditioned homes this week, and to check on older or isolated neighbors
who may need assistance. Temperatures will rise to the mid-90s, with
heat indexes reaching a potentially dangerous 95-100 degree range.
Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-related killers in
Wisconsin. Most at risk are older adults and young children. Last year,
27 people died in Wisconsin as a result of health-related issues. There
has been one confirmed heat-related death in Wisconsin so far this year.
An individual in their late 80s died in Juneau County last month.
General heat exhaustion symptoms include fainting, rash, fatigue and
nausea. Skin can become clammy and moist or hot and dry. Heat stroke can
come on rapidly and may progress to life-threatening illness within
minutes. If heat-related symptoms appear, action should be taken
immediately to reduce body temperature. This includes taking a cool
shower, bath or sponge bath. Wearing wet clothing also has a cooling
People who do not have access to air conditioning in their homes are
encouraged to seek out air conditioned facilities such as a mall,
library or senior center, or stay with family or neighbors who do have
Here are some tips to keep safe in hot weather:
- Never leave individuals, especially children or any household
pets, in a parked car – even briefly. Temperatures in a car can
become life threatening within minutes. On an 80-degree day, the
temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked slightly,
can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes!
- Keep your living space cool. Cover windows to keep the sun from
shining in. If you don’t have an air conditioner, open windows to
let air circulate. When it’s hotter than 95 degrees, use fans to
blow hot air out of the window rather than to blow hot air on your
body. Basements or ground floors are often cooler than upper floors.
- Slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or exertion
for the early morning or after dark when temperatures are cooler.
- Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Don’t wait for thirst,
but instead drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid alcohol
or caffeine and stay away from hot, heavy meals.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Add a
hat or umbrella to keep your head cool…and don’t forget sunscreen!
- Don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should.
Take extra care to stay cool and ask your doctor or pharmacist for
any special heat advice.
- Taking a cool shower or bath will cool you down. A shower or
bath will actually work faster than an air conditioner. Applying
cold wet towels to the neck, head and limbs also cools down the body
- Check on neighbors throughout the day who may need assistance to
protect themselves against dangerous temperatures.
For more information, visit:
http://readywisconsin.wi.gov and click on the Heat Awareness
section, or visit:
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August 23, 2013