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                       It is Still HOT HOT HOT! 


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                                       Hot Weather Safety Tips

During extreme heat, it is important to take steps to keep yourself, your family, and those around you safe from heat-related illness.

Stay Cool

  1. Slow down, limit physical activity, and try to spend part of your day in air-conditioned spaces. Do not rely on fans as a primary cooling device. If your home does not have air conditioning, consider public places such as shopping malls, movie theaters, or libraries. During extreme heat events, local cooling centers may open.
  2. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  3. Take cool baths or showers and use wet towels on your skin to help your body cool down.
  4. Never leave children, pets, or other adults, especially the elderly or those who are disabled, in a parked car. Temperatures can become life-threatening within minutes.

Stay Hydrated

  1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, whether you are thirsty or not.
  2. Avoid drinking caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as these can increase heat effects.

Stay Informed

      1. Check your local news and weather reports for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
      2. Be aware of symptoms of heat-related illness in adults, and be aware of special tips for infants.
      3. Check on relatives, friends, and neighbors, especially those who may be most at-risk for illness. These include very young children, the elderly, and those on certain medications (especially medications related to blood pressure, heart disease, and mental health).                                  

                                                  


 

Summer Supervillians

 

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The Greendale Health Department and Wehr Nature Staff had a great Summer Supervillian even on June 26th. For highlights of the event look at our YouTube channel.

 




Ticks are arthropods related to mites and spiders. In Wisconsin, Ixodes scapularis, commonly called the blacklegged or the deer tick is the vector for anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and Powassan virus infection. This tick is smaller than the wood (American dog) tick, which makes it harder to see. Ticks live in wooded, brushy areas that provide food and cover for small animals and deer. Ticks are unable to jump or fly and usually attach to a host at ground level. They crawl onto animals or people as they brush against vegetation and will attach to the host for a blood meal. Tick exposure is greatest in wooded areas, especially along trails and fringe areas.

For more detailed information and their very own video on tips for preventing tick born diseases visit:

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tickborne/index.htm

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