July 17, 2013
With temperatures expected to reach in the 80s and 90s, local officials are urging residents to protect themselves from heat related illness. One way to do that is by coming to the library.
All Marathon County Public Library locations have been designated as official cooling centers, places where residents without air conditioning can get relief from the extreme heat. We also will have bottled water available.
According to the Marathon County Health Department, most heat-related illnesses involve the elderly, individuals who have chronic illnesses, children, athletes and outdoor workers.
To prevent risks from excessive heat, the health department suggests people do the following:
- Seek air-conditioning. If your home does not have air-conditioning, seek areas that do-such as libraries, shopping malls, community/senior centers, grocery stores, movie theatres-during the warmest period of the day. If you must stay in a home without air-conditioning, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Marathon County area libraries are available as cooling centers for persons needing that service.
- Avoid strenuous activities. This is particularly true during the hottest time of the day. Individuals who perform strenuous work during the heat of the day are especially at risk.
- Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect the sun’s rays better than dark colors, which absorb the heat. Protect the face and head with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Check on family members, neighbors and friends who are vulnerable. Move them to air conditioned places if possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Increase fluid intake even if you are not thirsty.
- Never leave pets or people, especially children and infants, unattended in cars during a heat wave
If heat risks do occur, cool the body as soon as possible, and call 9-1-1 for symptoms of heat stroke.
For additional health information, contact the Marathon County Health Department at 715-261-1900. For more information on library locations, call 715-261-7200.