It happens almost every year in Wisconsin. There’s at least one, two-day stretch when temperatures rise above 90 with higher humidity levels. Many view the weather as uncomfortable, but some ignore the danger lurking just around the corner.
Sadly, according to NOAA, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Each year, hundreds of people die because of dehydration and other heat-related issues. It comes down to two things: not being able to access cooler locations, and a lack of preparation. You can do your part to make sure you and your family stay safe this upcoming summer, a summer that is sure to have a number of hot and humid days.
Please keep these tips in mind:
- Never leave children or pets in a vehicle unattended. In just a few minutes, the dashboard of a car can heat to 200 degrees.
- Always drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty. Dehydration can occur quickly. Carry water with you.
- Stay out of the sun, preferably in air conditioned rooms in extreme situations. If you don’t have air conditioning, plan ahead and find a location that will serve as a cooling center for you and your family.
- Don’t forget about your pets! They get hot too and will need water and shade.
- Remember those susceptible to the heat, especially the elderly and young children. Make sure they are staying cool.
- Wear lighter clothing and apply ample sunscreen.
- Take it easy! Physically speaking, don’t push yourself!
- Never leave children or pets in a vehicle unattended and drink lots of water. Yes, I repeated these tips, but these two are important!
Enjoy this summer and feel free to let us know if you have questions! Stay tuned for more from Beyond the Forecast…
Posted under Hometown Weather
This post was written by Nick Grunseth on June 8, 2012