Cooling facilities in Oneida and Vilas Counties announced
The National Weather Service says the combination of heat and high humidity this week and into the upcoming weekend may result in hazardous health conditions.
Oneida County and Vilas County Emergency Management and Public Health Departments have identified the following facilities that are open for business 24-hours a day/7 days a week in the event citizens need to cool down from the heat and humidity.
Trig’s Riverwalk Centre Mall
Seating in Mall Area
232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander
2121 Lincoln Street Rhinelander
Seating in Mall Area
9750 Highway 70 West Minocqua715-356-9456
8760 Northridge Way
Howard Young Medical Center
Main Entrance, Woodruff
Eagle River Area
925 East Wall St., Eagle River
Eagle River Memorial Hospital
201 Hospital Road, Eagle River
Remember These Tips:
- Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car-even briefly: Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes. Temperature inside a car, even with windows cracked, can rise 20-30 degrees above outside temperature in 10 to 20 minutes. Air conditioning is no guarantee to be safe.
- Stay Cool: Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and avoid direct sunlight.
- Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Pets should have their water refilled often and given more water than usual.
- Stay Informed: Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside. Watch for any extreme heat alerts.
- Don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should: Take extra care to stay cool and ask your doctor or pharmacist for any special heat advice. Veterinarians can be consulted for pets that may be on medication as well.
- Taking a cool shower or bath will cool you down: A shower or bath will actually work faster than an air conditioner. Apply cool-wet rags to neck, head and limbs also cools down the body quickly and, cool towels can be added to your pets head, neck, chest and belly.
- Monitor weather and heat conditions before planning outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day.
People at Higher Risk of Heat-Related Illness Include
- Infants and young children.
- People 65 years of age and older.
- People who are overweight.
- People with chronic medical conditions.
- Pets exposed to extreme heat and humidity even in the shade, are at risk for heat stroke.
Where You Are Most At Risk
- Homes with little or no air conditioning.
Many victims of heat-related deaths are socially isolated, maintaining little contact with family and friends. This is why it is important to check on family, friends, neighbors, pets and livestock during extreme heat