Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Heat Advisory & Safety Measures

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Waunakee area from now until 10PM on Friday, July 6. Heat and humidity levels are expected to reach dangerously high levels.

The Village of Waunakee has two cooling centers:

Waunakee Village/Senior Center 333 S. Madison Street
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30a-9p Friday 5:30a-7p Saturday 7a-5p Sunday 9a-5p

Waunakee Public Library 710 South Street
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9a-9p Friday 9a-5p Saturday 10a-5p

These facilities are air conditioned and water is available.

The most dangerous condition associated with the high temperatures is heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal if not promptly treated. The main groups affected by heat stroke are infants, elderly, athletes, and outside workers. Symptoms may include dizziness, vomiting, nausea, muscle cramping and weakness, and body temperatures exceeding 104 degrees.

We encourage you to periodically check in with your neighbors and relatives, particularly the elderly. If you know someone who does not have air conditioning, encourage that person to seek refuge at a cooling center.

Hydration is critical in coping with the high temperatures. Water is the best choice. Alcoholic beverages and soda do not hydrate. Alcohol can actually cause dehydration.