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Contact: Rosetta Kohout
Residents reminded to stay cool, hydrated, and informed during extreme heat
Richland Center— High temperatures are expected over much of Wisconsin during the next week, and Richland County Public Health is reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave.
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. The Richland County Courthouse will be open for those seeking relief from the heat from 8AM to 6PM every day. On the weekend, the public must buzz in in order to access the building. Conference Room 2 will be open for those needing the service. The Brewer Library will also be open to residents who should call 647-6444 to obtain the library’s hours of operation. Likewise, the Viola Public Library welcomes residents to cool off at their facility during the upcoming heat wave. Residents are encouraged to call 627-1850 to check on the dates and times when the library will be open.
- Check on loved ones. Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.
- 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.
- Remember that anyone can get sick from the heat. In Wisconsin, people ages 15-34 are the most likely to report to the ER for getting sick from the heat. No matter your age or how healthy you are, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed on hot days.
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.