MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has issued a public health advisory due to the heat forecasted for this week.
"We are asking everyone to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and to check on their family, friends and neighbors who may be especially vulnerable to extreme heat," said State Health Officer Dr. Henry Anderson. "By making everyone aware of safety measures and helping them recognize the warning signs of heat exhaustion, we can prevent heat-related illness and death."
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include fainting, rash, fatigue and nausea, and the skin may become clammy and moist or hot and dry. If these symptoms appear, take immediate actions to reduce body temperature.
When temperatures are above 90° F, the following actions are recommended:
Health officials say the onset of heat stroke can be rapid and may progress to life-threatening illness within minutes. Serious cases require emergency medical care.
They also say make sure to avoid leaving anyone unattended in cars, especially children or pets.
You should also schedule any physical activity to avoid the hottest part of the day. If you do need to exercise at that time, make sure to drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks.
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