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Heatwave in Wisconsin: Four Safety Tips to Beat the Scorching Temperatures

Heatwave in Wisconsin: Four Safety Tips to Beat the Scorching Temperatures

Temperatures continue to rise and it's crucial to remember, heatwaves are the leading cause of weather-related deaths. A doctor weighs in with tips to keep you and your family safe on these sweltering days.

June 18, 2024 5:16 PM CDT

By: Teri Barr

Temperatures continue to rise and it’s crucial to remember, heatwaves are the leading cause of weather-related deaths. A doctor weighs in with tips to keep you and your family safe on these sweltering days.

The temperatures are creating scorching conditions across Wisconsin. And an ongoing heatwave is expected throughout the summer. Here are four simple but essential safety tips so you are weather-ready for the heat.

LISTEN: Weather Ready story features heat awareness and tips

First and foremost, never leave a person or pet in a parked car. Tragedies in recent years include eight children losing their lives in Wisconsin after being left in an overheated vehicles. These deaths were preventable. Always remember to “look before you lock and walk away” to ensure no one is left behind in a dangerously hot situation.

Source: weather.gov

For those working outside, staying hydrated is key. Keep water within reach and take frequent breaks in the shade. If possible, limit your time under the sun to avoid heat-related illnesses. Employers should also ensure their workers have adequate breaks and access to water.

LISTEN: Maggie Daun, host of The Maggie Daun Show, talks with Dr. Ben Weston about health safety in a heatwave

Find refuge in air conditioning whenever possible. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, locate your community’s cooling shelters. These shelters provide a safe haven from the heat and can significantly reduce the risk of heatstroke.

Additionally, check on your family and neighbors, especially the elderly and those with health conditions, to make sure they are coping well with the heat. Ensuring the safety of those around you can prevent heat-related emergencies.

Taking a few precautions can go a long way in saving lives and you can find more information along with a new CDC heat and health index here.

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