Midwest: Stay Cool and Safe, Essential Summer Heat Safety Tips from NWS

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La Crosse, WI – As summer temperatures rise in May, the National Weather Service in La Crosse is urging residents to adopt crucial safety measures to prevent heat-related illnesses. The agency emphasizes the importance of staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, even when not feeling thirsty, and advises against consuming alcohol and caffeine during hot days.

According to the NWS, taking regular breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas can help mitigate the risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Additionally, residents should monitor both themselves and others for signs of heat-related illnesses, which can be especially dangerous for the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.

The safety message also highlights the dangers of leaving children or pets in vehicles, which can turn deadly rapidly as temperatures inside can soar to dangerous levels within minutes. Ensuring that pets have access to shade and water, and wearing light, breathable clothing can also help keep everyone safe during the hotter parts of the day.

These guidelines are part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about the risks associated with summer heat and to promote practices that ensure a safe and enjoyable season for all community members.

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