State Police Urges Michiganders to Prepare for Extreme Heat Temperatures May Reach Above 90 Degrees 

LANSING, MICH.- With temperatures expected to be above 90 degrees in much of Michigan this July 4th holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging residents to take steps to stay safe during the extreme heat. “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. Learn the signs at www.michigan.gov/miready. For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit www.michigan.gov/miready



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