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Staying Safe In The Heat

July 3, 2012, 7:07 AM by Kellee Azar

Staying Safe In The Heat
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Summer is a time when many can't wait to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  But with the heat advisories and humidity doctors are warning people to take precautions.

Already Tuesday morning you can feel the heat and we aren't even close to the peak hours of the day. Doctors are urging people to change their schedules to avoid the heat, drink lots of water and most importantly pay attention to what your body is telling you.

Whether you're walking, riding your bike or out enjoying the sun, this week's heat can change your routine.

"I don't do a lot but I do walk some, so I usually will wait for the sun to go down to do those and it's always cooler and usually there is a little breeze right after sunset," Charles King said.

Avoiding peak heat hours can make all of the difference for your health.  But as King has found out there is one symptom you need to watch for.

"Fatigue; if you are starting to feel tired all of a sudden, you want to find a place to sit down out of the sun and some way to cool off very quickly," King said.

Finding a way to cool off could mean the difference between spending your day at home and heading to the hospital.

"Cool off rather quickly because if you get overheated it can cause a heat stroke in a heartbeat," King said.

In order to best avoid heat exhaustion local doctors have some recommendations.

"The main thing is to wear light clothing and to wear sunscreen. Also important that you bring water with you so you don't get dehydrated or Gatorade," Dr. Tara Geis said.

And whether you work outside or are just enjoying the outdoors, hydration is key on hot days.

"The biggest mistake that people make is they are not drinking. And they can get behind on their hydration. So, they are not drinking enough fluids to keep up with the sun and the amount of sweating that you are doing outside you aren't aware of that," Geis said.

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