Wisconsin issues heat advisory; Florence library available

FLORENCE, Wis. – Wisconsin health officials have issued a public health advisory due to forecasts calling for temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s with heat indices ranging from 95 to 105 degrees.

The Florence County Library is open for respite from the warm weather with air conditioning, tap water and resources. The library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

Most heat-related illnesses involve the elderly or those with chronic illnesses, said Annette Seibold, director of the Florence County Health Department.

Be aware of symptoms of heat exhaustion including fainting, nausea, fatigue and/or clammy skim. Take immediate action if these symptoms appear.

“There needs to be a conscious effort to drink more fluids during hot weather to avoid dehydration,” Seibold said. “Use fans to increase ventilation unless the temperature exceeds 90 degrees at which point fans become ineffective in reducing heat-related illness.”

Cool showers, baths and sponge baths can be used to reduce body temperatures in addition to wet, cool clothing and hair. Don’t leave any children or pets alone in a car even for a very short time.

If you have further questions or need, please contact the Florence County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 528-3346 or the Florence County Health Department at (715) 528-4837.