Racine County announces cooling center locations during heat advisory

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by Jesse Tovar

RACINE -- Health officials in the city of Racine continue to urge caution and list cooling centers during the heat advisory.

"We ask everyone to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion, and to check on their family, friends and neighbors who may be especially vulnerable to extreme heat, said Margaret Gesner, Health Officer of the Central Racine County Health Department. "Infants, young children, older adults, and people with chronic disease have tougher time regulating their body temperature. Please help them stay cool and hydrated."

Risks associated with heat wave include:

  • Heat cramps -- muscular pains and spasms due to excessive heat
  • Heat exhaustion -- fainting, rash, fatigue, and nausea. Skin may become clammy and moist.
  • Heat/sunstroke -- hot, dry skin, absence of sweat, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness, this can be a life-threatening condition.

To prevent risks from excessive heat, individuals should do the following:

  • Seek air conditioning
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Check on vulnerable friends, family members, and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Never leave pets or infants/children unattended in cars during a heat wave.

For a complete list of extreme heat cooling centers, click here

 

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