Wisconsin Emergency Management teams are joining together today to warn residents about the dangers of summer heat.
June 12 has been recognized as Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day. According to the Department of Health, there has been at least one heat related death each year since 2000, with highs of 24 heat related deaths in 2001 and 2012.
During excessive heat, residents are reminded to not only monitor themselves, but friends, family, and neighbors who may be vulnerable. Its also important to get plenty of water and keep your home cool. This can be accomplished with an air conditioner, keeping windows and curtains closed, and the use of fans.
Its also important to remember how quickly a vehicle can become dangerous on a hot day. Studies show that parked in the sun on an 80 degree day, the inside temperature of a car can rise to 110 degrees in just 20 minutes.
Over the past 30 years, Lincoln County has averaged at least one “heat-wave” day which is classified as a day where an excessive heat warning or advisory was observed.