Below are a few tips from the Wisconsin Humane Society to keep your pets safe in the extreme heat.
- Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, because overheating can kill him. The inside of a vehicle can reach 160 degrees in mere minutes, even with the windows cracked.
- Take walks in early morning or after sunset. On especially hot days, any outdoor exercise should be brief and in the cooler hours.
- Test the pavement with your palm. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws.
- Never leave an animal out in the sun. Always ensure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh water.
- Regulate the temperature inside your home. Use AC, fans, or give access to cooler areas like a basement or darker room with tile floors.
- Take extra precautions for old, overweight or snub-nosed dogs in hot weather. Boston terriers, Pekingese, Pugs, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and Bulldogs are especially vulnerable. Dogs with heart or lung diseases should be closely monitored.
- Watch for signs of heat stroke. These include panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, rapid pulse, bright red gums, and blue tongue or lips.
- Treat heat stroke immediately. Move them to a cool place and lower their body temperature with cool (NOT icy) water, then contact your veterinarian.
Bell Ambulance officials said they stocked every ambulance with ice and water, and added extra crews.
CLICK HERE for information from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on protecting pets and livestock amid the heat.
CLICK HERE for a graph from the DATCP showing how hot it can get in your vehicle.
CLICK HERE for information on heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat advisories from ReadyWisconsin.
CLICK HERE for information on Milwaukee County water parks and swimming pools.
CLICK HERE for heat-related resources from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
CLICK HERE for cooling sites in Milwaukee.
CLICK HERE for Milwaukee Public Library locations and hours.
Milwaukee Water Works Cool Spots (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19-Aug. 9):
Ben Franklin School: 2308 W. Nash
Carmen Playfield: 7320 W. Carmen
Franklin Square: 2643 N. 13th
Green Bay: 3818 N. 8th
Milwaukee Recreation Wading Pools (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.):
Burnham: 1755 S. 32nd
Enderis: 2938 N. 72nd
Holt: 1716 W. Holt
Merrill Park: 461 N. 35th
Modrzejewski: 1020 W. Cleveland
Ohio: 974 W. Holt
Salvation Army cooling centers in Milwaukee County
Citadel Corps Church and Community Center
4129 West Villard Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
Coldspring Church and Community Center
2900 W. Coldspring Rd., Greenfield, WI 53221
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kenosha County cooling centers
- Froedtert South Kenosha Medical Center Campus: 6308 8th Avenue
- Froedtert South St. Catherine’s Campus: 9555 – 76th Street
- Aurora Hospital: 10400 75th Street
- Memorial Hospital of Burlington: 252 McHenry Street, Burlington
- Pleasant Prairie RecPlex: 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
- Randall Town Hall: 34530 Bassett Road, Bassett
- Somers Village Hall: 7511 – 12th Street, Somers
- Twin Lakes Village Hall: 108 E. Main Street, Twin Lakes
- Kenosha County Center: 19600 – 75th Street, Bristol
- Kenosha County Job Center: 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha
- Northside Public Library: 1500 – 27th Avenue, Kenosha
- Southwest Library: 7979 – 38th Avenue, Kenosha
- Simmons Library: 711 – 59th Place, Kenosha
- Uptown Library: 2419 – 63rd Street, Kenosha
- Kenosha Public Museum: 5500 – 1st Avenue, Kenosha
- Civil War Museum: 5400 – 1st Avenue, Kenosha
- Dinosaur Discovery Museum: 5608 – 10th Avenue, Kenosha
- Twin Lakes Community Library: 110 S. Lake Avenue, Twin Lakes
- Salem Community Library: 24615 – 89th Street, Salem
- American Red Cross : Sites as necessary
Waukesha County cooling centers
Call 211 to locate a cooling center.
- Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are located in Waukesha County
- 211 does not have any resources available for obtaining fans
The public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as free cooling stations during business hours. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and children.
- Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena (2699 Golf Rd, Delafield) offers public open skate weekdays from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on weekends.
- Eble Park Ice Arena (19400 W. Bluemound Rd. Brookfield) offers public open skate Sunday – Friday noon – 2:00 pm
- Retzer Nature Center’s Environmental Learning Center (S14W28167 Madison St., Waukesha) will be open from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
CLICK HERE to access information about Waukesha County Park System swimming beaches.
CLICK HERE for more Waukesha County heat-related resources.