Protect Youself in Severe Heat!

June 26, 2012
J. McLellan 608 / 267-2542
Emergency Management

 

 

Temperatures are predicted to be dangerously hot with heat indices approaching 100° this Wednesday and Thursday!  With these high temperatures, people need to take heat-specific precautions to protect themselves and their neighbors.  These precautions include:

·         Pay close attention to your physical condition and actions.

·         Monitor food and water intake.  Avoid heavy, fatty meals and snacks.

·         Be aware of the amount and intensity of your physical activity, both indoors and out.  Monitoring work / rest cycles can greatly reduce the potential heat related illness. 

·         Hydrate with water!  Drinks with caffeine, sugar and alcohol take longer for your body to absorb and don’t hydrate as well as drinks without these substances.

·         Wear light colored, breathable clothing, hats and sunscreen.

·         Check to ensure your air conditioner is working before it gets too hot.

·         Remember – If you are thirsty, your pet is thirsty.  Keep pets in cool places indoors.

 

Everybody has different thresholds for tolerating heat.  Regularly check on co-workers, loved ones, and neighbors either face-to-face or via telephone.  Your neighbors and co-workers are your best safety net against the heat!

 

If you need to a cool place to stay, public places such as local senior centers, malls and libraries are not only convenient but also provide entertainment as well.  Some 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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