Hot Weather Safety – City of Milwaukee

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Extreme heat events can result in serious illness and death. The City of Milwaukee Health Department monitors warm weather conditions and issues health alerts when necessary to partners in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Extreme Weather Task Force and to the public.
During warm weather, especially extreme heat events, it is important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed. If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, contact a medical provider. If a health issue is an emergency, dial 911.
Individuals in need of public space to cool off can visit our list of locations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.
During extreme heat, it is important to take steps to keep yourself, your family, and those around you safe from heat-related illness.
Stay Cool
Stay Hydrated
Stay Informed
People at greatest risk for heath-related illness include infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, those with chronic illness (especially heart or lung conditions and individuals who use certain medications. People who work outdoors or in hot settings should also be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illness and take precautions.
Infants, especially less than 6 months, are at risk for overheating because they have difficulty regulating their body temperature.  Parents should:
Normally, the body will cool itself by sweating. People can suffer heat-related illness when the body's temperature control system becomes overloaded. In these cases, a person's body temperature can rise very rapidly. High body temperatures can damage the brain or other vital organs. Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, or experiences other types of illness during hot weather, contact a medical provider.
Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness. A person can develop heat exhaustion after several days of exposure to high temperatures and an inadequate replacement of fluids. Those most vulnerable to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment. If heat exhaustion is left untreated, it can progress into a more serious heat stroke. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.
Warning sign of heat exhaustion include:
If you see these signs, take steps to cool down the person's body by:
Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is very serious, and can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Heat stroke can occur when the body becomes unable to control its temperature and is unable to cool down.
Warning signs of heat stroke include:
If you see any of these signs, have someone call for immediate medical assistance and begin cooling the victim by taking these steps:
Information for local governments, health departments, and citizens in Wisconsin regarding preperation and response to extreme heat events.

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