Stay Safe as the Summer Heats Up!

by | Jun 26, 2024 | Blog

Even though we spend nearly half of the year in below-freezing temps and battling snow storms, it may surprise you to hear that heat waves cause more deaths in Wisconsin than any other weather condition. Sometimes the heat is avoidable, especially in July and August. Prevent serious heat stroke or dehydration with these simple steps.

Step 1: Prepare
Now is the time to plan for periods of high temperatures.
• Keep a few bottles of water in your freezer. Should the power go out, you can move these to the fridge.
• Purchase a wide-brimmed hat and loose clothing to wear on warm days. Don’t forget your sunscreen (and be sure to check expiration dates!)
• If you like to spend time outdoors, consider installing awnings over a porch or patio. Special light-reducing shades may cut down on heat coming in through windows.

Step 2: Stay Cool
The heat has hit!
• Drink at least 8 oz of water, 8 times a day. Bring a water bottle wherever you go. Eat frequently and keep meals light and balanced.
• Always wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Sunburn slows down your body’s ability to cool itself off.
• If you take diuretics, antihistamines, or mood-altering medications, check with your doctor about side effects with sun and heat exposure.
• Complete strenuous tasks in the early morning or late eventing (cooler times).
• After coming in from outdoors, place cool, wet washcloths on your forehead, neck, and wrists. Suck on ice cubes to bring your internal body temp down.

Step 3: Watch for Signs
You can go from comfortable to crisis very quickly during heat waves. Older adults and adults with chronic conditions are at a higher risk of developing symptoms from heat exposure.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion:
• Heavy sweating
• Paleness
• Dizziness
• Nausea or vomiting
• Headache
• Muscle cramps
Move to a cool location and slowly drink a cool beverage/suck on an ice cube. If this does not help, seek medical treatment.

Signs of Heat Stroke:
• Extremely high body temperature
• Red/hot/dry skin
• Rapid and strong pulse
• Throbbing headache
• Dizziness
• Nausea
Get medical help immediately if you have these symptoms.

Caregivers – How to Help
Always have extra water and sun screen on-hand for your loved one. Keep cold, wet washcloths in an ice chest or insulated bag.
Traveling or going on an outing? Check ahead to see where you can rest in a cool, covered location. Cut the walking or activities in half from what you would do in normal temps and take frequent breaks.
If your loved one lives alone, check in every day during heat waves. Look for/ask about signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

For more information on heat waves plus tips and tricks, visit:

Additional Information & Support

We are here to help you and your family with a wide variety of community resource options. For assistance by phone, or to make an appointment, contact us.

(920) 448-4300 | WI Relay 711

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