PHMDC announces cooling centers, heat illness symptoms amid dangerous temperatures

Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) announced in a recent press release a number of cooling centers as current heat and humidity levels become more dangerous. The National Weather Service has issued a series of warnings and advisories in the coming days, with heat indices predicted to approach 110 degrees.

Cooling centers are available to anyone who needs a safe, public space to cool off during the extreme heat. The list includes public places like churches, community centers, and libraries. Calling ahead to confirm open hours is encouraged.

People most at risk from getting sick from the high temperatures and high humidity are older adults, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, people without housing, and people with a chronic medical condition.

The public is reminded to be aware of feelings of overheating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, or muscle cramps, as these can be signs of heat illness. Moving to air conditioning, drinking water, and using a fan or cool cloths can help symptoms improve. If they worsen, it is important to go to the emergency room.

Anyone who sees a parked car with a child or a pet left alone is instructed to call 9-1-1 and stay with the car until help arrives.