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Michigan State Police urging residents to stay safe amid extreme heat during Fourth of July weekend

Michigan State Police urging residents to stay safe amid extreme heat during Fourth of July weekend
Posted at 9:20 PM, Jul 01, 2020

Michigan State Police is urging residents to stay safe during extreme heat.

Temperatures are expected to be above 90 degrees during the holiday weekend.

“Extreme heat can be life-threatening,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By taking some precautionary steps, you can minimize your risk of heat-related injury and help those who are most affected by severe heat.”

To prevent heat-related injury:

  • Find places with air conditioning to take a break from the heat.
  • If you are outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as it could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
  • Avoid high-energy activities.
  • Check yourself, family members and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.