Staying safe during this week’s heat wave
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) – Southeast Wisconsin is experiencing a heat wave with temps reaching the 90’s.
Monday’s 90 degrees is just the beginning of several days of heat.
CBS 58 spoke with experts about staying safe, and what people are doing to stay cool.
“I know it’s supposed to be 90’s all week so I brought the girls to the pool,” says Amber Siewart who was at the pool inside Hoyt Park. “I’m making the girls get out every hour, making sure they’re hydrated. I make sure they wear sunscreen. I’ve been taking them out every hour to reapply the sunscreen.”
Those precautions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to heat safety.
“Spend shorter periods of time outdoors,” says Robin Ihde, injury prevention at Froedtert Hospital. “Go indoors where there’s air conditioning. I also encourage people to not leave anybody in the car whether it’s pets or children. Even if the window is cracked, the temperature in the car can exceed 190 degrees if the sun is shining and it’s a dark colored car.”
These high temps also have pet owners on alert.
“We’ll take a kiddie pool, fill it with ice cubes,” says Dakota McGowan who owns four dogs, including two huskies. “We’ll freeze peanut butter in Kong balls. We’ll keep the dogs in the basement or in the AC.”
“Panting is the biggest one,” says Dr. Paul Habriga from Harwood Vetenary Hospital. “Dogs don’t sweat; they pant to release their heat. So, if you see them panting heavily get them inside somewhere so they can cool off.”
Experts also suggest checking on the elderly, and taking advantage of cool indoor places like local libraries.