Heatwave Prevention Steps

July 16, 2019

Buffalo County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Office of the Governor and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) is encouraging people to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses with the anticipated dangerous heat for Wisconsin through the weekend.

“Be sure to check on elderly neighbors and family members regularly, to make sure they are safe,” said Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Dr. Darrell L. Williams. “Isolated individuals who may not know how to cool off, may not have air conditioning, or who are hesitant to ask for help are especially vulnerable.”

The public is urged to consider taking the following steps during the upcoming heatwave to help protect themselves and others:

  • Drink plenty of water – Do not wait until you are thirsty to start drinking. Take regular breaks to hydrate, especially if you are spending time outdoors.
  • Find a cool place – Seek air-conditioned homes or public spaces. Check with local community resources, which may open cooling centers. Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Watch for signs of heat-related illness – If you start feeling dizzy, nauseous, weak, and are sweating excessively, you may be suffering from heat exhaustion. Get to a cool place and drink water. If your body temperatures spikes, you lose consciousness or experience a throbbing headache, you may be suffering heatstroke and should seek immediate medical attention!
  • Check on elderly or disabled neighbors – Friends and family who have mobility issues or other impairments may not notice temperatures rising. Make sure they have access to the resources they need to remain safe.
  • Don’t leave people, especially children, and pets in cars – The temperature inside a parked, closed car can climb 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, leading to life-threatening conditions. Never leave people or pets in vehicles, even for just a few minutes!
  • Protect pets and livestock – Hot weather can also put the lives of animals at risk. Make sure they have access to plenty of water and shaded areas to get out of the sun. Consider bringing pets inside a cool basement.

To find more tips for staying safe from the heat visit ReadyWisconsin (https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/be-informed/extreme-heat/), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/climate/heat.htm), and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/PetsWeather.aspx).

  Household Hazardous Waste (Clean Sweep)

Buffalo County holds a “Clean Sweep” event every two years, with the next one anticipated in 2020. Below is information on Eau Claire County’s program, and WRR Environment Resources on Hwy 93 in Eau Claire will also take household hazardous waste on an ongoing basis, but an appointment is required, and there is a cost factor, depending on what is being disposed of.

Also below is a link to the listing of all 2019 Clean Sweep programs in the State for reference.


Clean Sweep Events
WRR Environmental Services
5200 Ryder Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701


Events are held on the second Saturday of May, July, September and November each year.
Hours 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Materials accepted at no fee include:
• Household cleaners
• Pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers
• Paint (oil-based), thinners, varnish

Materials accepted for a fee include:
• Aerosol cans
• Anti-freeze
• Dry cell batteries
• Latex paint

For more information, visit the Eau Claire County website.


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