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Heat Advisory Tips

Extreme heat and humidity are in the forecast for Madison this week.

As temperatures increase, so does the possibility for heat-related illnesses. When your body isn’t able to properly cool itself, you’re at greater risk for heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat rash, or cramps. For temperatures over 80 degrees, be sure to have drinking water and take frequent water breaks.

Some signs of heat-related illnesses:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness/disorientation
  • Heaving sweating
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Losing consciousness or altered consciousness
  • Seizure

Call 911 if you or someone you know experiences signs/symptoms of heat stroke, which include disorientation, irritability, emotional instability, confusion, altered consciousness, coma, or seizure.

Here are tips to prevent heat-related illnesses.

  • Stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water.
  • Stay cool in an air conditioned area if possible.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Limit outdoor activities and pace yourself. Most heat-related illnesses occur because of overexposure to heat or over-exercising.
  • Wear sunscreen. Sunburn can slow the skin’s ability to release excess heats.

Students: Call 608-265-5600 if you have concerns for yourself or another student.