Temperatures in the Northwoods have been unusually high for this time of the year. Appropriately, Governor Scott Walker has declared Wednesday, June 6th as “Heat Awareness Day.”
Dawn Robinson is a Program Assistant at Oneida County Emergency Management, and she says having a day set aside is a good reminder.
"It's a time to focus on what is it we need to do to keep ourselves safe, our families, our neighbors," Robinson says. "Just to make sure everyone knows what to do."
Robinson also says the insides of cars can be especially dangerous, with temperatures able to climb as much as 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. It is important to stay informed of weather forecasts and check in on family, friends, neighbors, and pets during extreme heat.
In the last five years, 39 people have died in Wisconsin and thousands of residents have fallen ill or even been hospitalized due to heat-related conditions.
For more tips on how to deal with hot temperatures, visit Ready Wisconsin: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/