Keep Your Cool During Heat Waves

VERNON COUNTY, WI (Ben Caxton) — High temperatures are expected over much of Wisconsin during the next week, and Vernon County Health Department is reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave. Beth Johnson, Director for the department says high temperatures and humidity can be dangerous and even deadly, adding that during heat waves it’s important to stay “cool, hydrated, and informed.” The county suggests that to stay safe during extreme heat residents stay in air conditioning whenever possible on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, head to libraries, malls, and other public spaces to keep cool. If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air conditioned breaks. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals. And, be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning. The county says anyone can get sick from the heat. In Wisconsin, people ages 15 to 34 are the most likely to report to the ER for getting sick from the heat.

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