Hazardous Weather Outlook
The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, which stated “A long duration heat wave is possible Thursday through Memorial Day weekend. High temperatures may rise into the upper 80s to mid 90s each day with heat indices in the low to mid 90s. The very warm temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a heightened risk for heat illnesses, especially for those who are active or working outdoors." Please be sure to take appropriate actions to make sure that you and your family are safe. Watch the video and click here to learn more.
As we head into boating season, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services wants to remind boaters to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Many people don’t realize they can be poisoned from carbon monoxide while spending time on a boat,” said Dr. Jon Meiman, DHS Chief Medical Officer. “Installing marine carbon monoxide detectors on boats can save lives.”
In the right conditions, exhaust from a boat’s engine and generator can vent into the cabin, cockpit, and bridge and poison those aboard. This is especially a danger when boats are idling or traveling at slow speeds.
To protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide, follow these safety tips:
Wisconsin residents who boat in Minnesota waters should also be aware of Sophia’s Law, which went into effect on May 1, 2018. This law requires certain types of boats to display carbon monoxide warning stickers and/or be equipped with a marine carbon monoxide detector. Any boats used in Minnesota waters must comply with Sophia’s Law.
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