Temperatures in Southwest Michigan are predicted to rise to the middle 90s on Friday and Saturday with the heat index rising to dangerous levels. Relief from the intense heat will arrive early next week. The Portage Department of Public Safety encourages residents to follow these tips to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and death during hot weather:
- Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.
- Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
- Pace yourself.
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
- Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
- NEVER leave children or pets in cars.
- If you are without air conditioning, The Crossroads Mall is a good place to cool off during the day.
For more information about heat-related illness and how to stay safe in hot weather, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/features/extremeheat/index.html.