While temperatures have been unusually cool, summer is right around the corner, and Wisconsin Emergency Management is reminding people of the dangers associated with extreme heat and promoting community safety and health. Thursday, June 13, is Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day.
Last year, Wisconsin confirmed 24 heat related deaths, most occurring during five days of excessive heat warning from July 2-6. None of the victims had air conditioning and did not seek shelter at one of the many cooling centers which opened around the state.
Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-related killers in Wisconsin for the past 50 years, far exceeding tornadoes, severe storms and floods combined. Heat is also the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Groups who should take extreme caution in the heat are the elderly, infants and young children, and those with chronic heart or lung problems. Also, anyone who works outside during the summer months should also be aware of the heat conditions.