Heat Awareness

Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says it sounds simple, but if it is hot outside stay out of the sun and keep cool. Wisconsin recently held its Heat Awareness Day. Mueller says keeping out of the sun and drinking lots of water will help you cope. She says the last thing you want to run the risk of is heat exhaustion or heat stroke. She says if you don’t have air conditioning you can go to the mall or the library and on really hot days can call 2-1-1 to find out where the nearest cooling shelter is. She says in Fond du Lac that is usually the library and the Salvation Army. Mueller also advises if you have to be outdoors during really hot days, time your activities so it isn’t during peak hours for the sun. She says that is usually between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but can run later.  In 2015 Wisconsin had one heat-related death, but had as many as 26 in 2012.

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