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Tips to stay cool in the heat

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When the weather heats up, it's important to cool down.

Temperatures are sizzling in some parts of central Wisconsin. That can make just walking outside feel pretty uncomfortable.

But, health officials have a few tips to keep cool:

  1. Drink plenty of water.

  2. Stay away from sodas or coffee

  3. Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing.

  4. Avoid strenuous activities

  5. Take plenty of breaks where there's air conditioning

"It's important still to be active, you certainly don't want to sit around and do nothing but those things like gardening or mowing your lawn, that's the stuff that can wait until it's a little cooler," said North Central Health Care RN Janice Dombrowsky.

So how about hitting a library? The eight public libraries in Marathon County have been designated as cooling centers.

"Use our resources, find a good book or other types of activities that we have, computers, that sort of thing," said Library Director Ralph Illick.

The library also offers free bottled water and air conditioning.

"We consider all our libraries to be community centers and they're all vibrant, they're all active and we get a lot of people everyday who can benefit from them," said Illick.

But some don't have the luxury of going inside. Public works employees in Wausau have to spend hours in the sun, and even more time recovering. That's why they've adjusted their hours to work earlier.

"This time of year when they're prone to sweat a lot more they have two coolers out there sometimes. One is just plain ice water and the other one they mix Gatorade with to help replace those electrolytes," said Don Skare, Superintendent of Public Works.

So no matter what you're doing, remember to have fun but more importantly stay safe in the heat.

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