According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, records show five people died in Wisconsin due to heat-related causes in 2018. In the last five years, at least 13 people have died in Wisconsin and thousands of residents have fallen ill or been hospitalized due to heat-related conditions.
Officials say it’s important to take care of yourself and to check in on family, friends, and neighbors during periods of extreme heat. Those most susceptible to heat include pets, children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure. People who are overweight or on certain medications may also be more vulnerable to illnesses during heat waves.
The inside of a car can be especially dangerous, with temperatures inside a vehicle able to climb very quickly, as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes. Never leave a child or pet inside a parked car. Leaving a window cracked is not enough.
Here are some tips they give for staying safe during extreme heat:
– 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.