With temperatures forecast to exceed 90 degrees at times across parts of lower Michigan through the weekend, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging residents and visitors to stay protected during the heat wave.

“Higher temperatures increase the risk of suffering a heat-related injury which has the potential to be life-threatening,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, deputy state director of Emergency Management and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By taking the proper precautions, you can reduce your risk of heat-related illness and be ready to help those who are most affected by severe heat.”

To prevent heat illness:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks because they cause dehydration.
  • Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
  • Limit vigorous activity.
  • Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
  • Use air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have air conditioning, consider finding locations with air conditioning or a cooling center. Once there, follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness. For more information visit:
    https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

To learn more about preparedness and being safe during the extreme heat, go to www.michigan.gov/miready or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.