Sheriff’s Release: Residents cautioned to stay hydrated during extreme weekend heat
For Stevens Point News
Submitted by the Portage County Sheriff’s Department
STEVENS POINT – High temperatures are expected over much of Wisconsin in the next several days, and the
Portage County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management is reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave.
“Hot temperatures and humidity can be a dangerous combination, and even deadly,” said Sheriff Mike Lukas. “During heat waves like this one, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and keep informed.”
Follow these tips to stay safe during extreme heat:
-Stay in air conditioning. When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air
conditioning, head to libraries, malls, and other public spaces to keep cool.
-Check on loved ones. Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air
-Avoid the hottest part of the day. If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening
hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air conditioned breaks.
-Beware of hot cars. 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.
-Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on hot days. Avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals.
-Stay informed. 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 air conditioning, drink water, get under a fan, and put on cool washcloths. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, go to the emergency room.
For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ heat safety webpage and watch their
heat safety video.