Heat Wave

By: By: Michael Wooten
By: By: Michael Wooten

The heat wave is settling in, and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere. So, it's a good time to talk about heat safety and experts say some common sense can go a long way.

We're always told to drink plenty of liquids, and wear light-colored clothing, but before you say "I've heard this before,” remember the risks. As many as 400 people die every year from heat-related illnesses.

As the latest heat wave hovers over the region everybody's looking for ways to cool off, whether it be swimming, taking a water break, or having some ice cream.

Lifeguard Tave Parker has not seen serious side-effects of heat because relief is only a few feet away.

“You know, usually people are smart enough to get in when it gets too hot for them," said Parker.

All in all, paramedic John Ransbottom says staying safe in the summer is as simple as going back to the basics.

“If you can put something off until the heat passes, put it off,” said Ransbottom. “If you can do it early in the morning or after the sun goes down, do that if you can, and if you have to be out in the sun working and there isn’t any way around it, try to drink as much fluids as possible, and start early, even before you get out there and start working. Start drinking water and Gatorade."

Of course, when we're out in the extreme heat, we perspire a lot, and one danger sign is when you stop sweating. That is a sign from your body that you may be having a heat stroke. That means your body simply cannot handle the heat anymore, so you should call 911 immediately.

Paramedics say many people know the dangers associated with heat but they're in denial that they'll be affected!

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