Public Health Madison & Dane County: Excessive heat warning issued for Dane County

Contact: J McLellen (Dane County Emergency Management) (608) 267-2542, mclellan@countyofdane.com

Sarah Mattes (Public Health Madison & Dane County) (608) 242-6414, smattes@publichealthmdc.com

Residents Advised to Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Connected

The National Weather Service has issued a Excessive Heat Warning from 12pm Friday thru 7pm Saturday. Highs today and tomorrowwill be in the mid 90s, with heat index values between 100 and 110 degrees.

Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures coupled with high humidity can have some serious effects on your health such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Over 600 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States. Most vulnerable are older adults, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition. 

Here are some important precautions you should take to avoid serious health consequences related to this extreme heat.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings. If you need a cool place to stay, public places such as local senior centers, libraries, and malls are good options.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Never sit in a parked car or leave a child or pet in a parked car.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol and liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family and pets are drinking enough water.

Stay connected

  • Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
  • Regularly check on friends, loved-ones, and neighbors either face-to-face or via telephone.

Stay aware about your own situation as well as what’s going on around you. If you start feeling overheated, weak, dizzy, nauseated, or have muscle cramps, you could be experiencing heat illness.  Move to air conditioning, drink water, get under a fan, and put on cool washcloths.  If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, go to the emergency room.

If you see a parked car with a child left alone, call 9-1-1 and stay with the car. If you see a pet left alone, also call 9-1-1 and don’t leave until help arrives.

If you need a cool place to visit, several local options include:

Belleville –

            Library – 130 S. Vine St – (608) 424-1812

Black Earth –

            Library – 1210 Mills St – (608) 767-4905

Deerfield –

            Library – 12 W. Nelson St. – (608) 764-8102

DeForest –

            Senior Center – 505 North Main Street – (608) 846-9469

            Library – 203 Library St. – (608) 846-5482

Fitchburg –

            Senior Center – 5510 Lacy Rd. – (608-270-4290

            Library –  5530 Lacy Rd. – (608) 729-1760

Madison –

            See the City’s website to find libraries and community centers near you.

                        (http://www.cityofmadison.com/).

Marshall –

            Library – 605 Waterloo Road – (608) 655-3123

Mazomanie –

            Library – 102 Broadhead St. (608) 795-2104

McFarland –

            Library – 5920 Milwaukee St. – (608) 838-9030

Middleton –

            Senior Center – 7448 Hubbard Avenue – (608) 831-2373

            Library – 7425 Hubbard Avenue – (608) 831-5564

Monona –

            Senior Center – 1011 Nichols Rd. (lower level)

            Library – 1000 Nichols Rd. – (608) 222-6127

Mt. Horeb –

            Senior Center – (608) 437-6902

            Library – 105 Perimeter Road – (608) 437-5021

Oregon –

            Senior Center – 219 Park St. – (608) 835-5801

            Library – 256 Brook St. – (608) 835-3656

Stoughton –

            Senior Center – 248 W. Main St. – (608) 873-8585

            Library – 304 S. 4th St – (608) 873-6281

Sun Prairie –

            Library – 1350 Linnerud Dr. – (608) 825-7323

Verona –

            Senior Center – 108 Paoli St. – (608) 845-7471

            Library – 500 Silent St. – (608) 845-7180

Waunakee –

            Senior Center – 333 S. Madison St. – (608) 849-8385

            Library – 710 South St. – (608) 849-4217

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