Waushara County Health Department reminds citizens to be prepared for Wisconsin heat

Waushara County Health Department wants to remind residents to take steps to stay cool this summer. “People can get sick from the heat even on mild days in the low 80s,” said Patti Wohlfeil, Director, for Waushara County Health Department. “As we head into the summer months, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.” From 2013-2017, there were 3,548 visits to Wisconsin emergency departments for heat-related illness, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. When people are prepared, these trips to the emergency room are preventable. Follow these tips to stay safe during extreme heat: When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, head to libraries, malls, or other public spaces to keep cool. Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning. If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening hours.  Try to wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air-conditioned breaks. 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. Drink plenty of water on hot days. Avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals. 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 an air-conditioned area, drink water, get under a fan, and put on a cool washcloth. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, go to the emergency room.