MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Emergency Management and the National Weather Service have declared Thursday Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day, to remind people of dangers associated with extreme heat.
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. From 2000 to 2009, excessive heat claimed an average of 162 lives per year across the country.
In Wisconsin, two killer heat waves in 1995 took the lives of 154 people and sickened more than 300. For the past 50 years, summer heat waves have killed more people than tornadoes and severe storms.
Officials are offering the following tips to stay safe in hot weather:
Possible signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, headache, muscle crams, weakness, nausea or vomiting. Cool off or get help if you feel any of these symptoms.
Call 911 if you or someone else displays the following symptoms in hot weather: Hot and dry skin, confusion, unconsciousness, chest pains or shortness of breath.