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Staying safe in the heat this summer

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It may not be hot out there right now, but this summer is sure to have some smoldering days that could be potentially dangerous.

Thursday is Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day. It's a good time to remember heat waves are the number one weather-related killer in Wisconsin.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin had 11 confirmed heat-related deaths last year.

DHS says those that are most at risk for heat-related illness are older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic heart or lung problems or disabilities, overweight persons, and those who work outdoors or in hot settings.

Tod Pritchard, with Wisconsin Emergency Management, says you should also really be on the lookout for people who are socially isolated and don't know when or how to cool off, or when to call for help.

Signs you, or someone you know, has a heat-related illness include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. If you notice these symptoms, call 911.

Pritchard said you should never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car, even for a short time. He says temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes.

Other ways you can stay safe in the heat are to keep your living space cool, take a cool shower or bath to cool you down, slow down and limit physical activity, drink plenty of water and eat lightly, and wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.

For more information, click here.

Pritchard joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.
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