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GCPH: Use Caution During Extreme Heat
Prepare now to stay safe this summer
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MONROE - Green County Public Health (GCPH) is reminding residents to use caution as hot and humid weather returns this summer. Last year, 2023, was the hottest summer on record, according to the federal government.
High temperatures can make people sick - heat exhaustion and even heat stroke are possible during high temperatures. Signs of heat cramps include muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs; and signs of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, fast or weak pulse, dizziness, headache, fainting, nausea, vomiting. If you notice either of these conditions be sure to move to a cooler location, remove excess clothing, lie down and sip on a sports drink. Heat stroke is more serious and can include symptoms like extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F), hot and dry skin with no sweat, rapid pulse, dizziness, confusion, or unconsciousness. If you suspect you or someone else is having a heat stroke call 9-1-1 or get to a hospital immediately

Here are some important safety tips:
• Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
• Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
• Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
• Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
• Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
• Sign up for Nixle Alerts to receive emergency information via your mobile phone. Text your ZIP code to 888777 to opt-in to receive text updates about critical events.
• Check the weather and listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service.

If you must go outside:
• Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
• Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
• Protect your face and head by wearing sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat.
• Postpone outdoor games and activities.

If you don’t have air conditioning where you live, consider finding a location with air conditioning to spend some time on hot days; whether that is with a friend or family member, or at a public place like a library, a church, or a city/village hall. Be sure to call the organization ahead to make sure they are open.

Residents should take action before a heat emergency and can learn more at To stay up-to-date on all things related to Green County Public Health, visit