Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

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Meridian, Miss. "Fun in the Sun" is a phrase many use during the summer to get out and enjoy an abundance of summertime activities. But as "The Dog Days of Summer" arrive, many are going to be finding ways to stay out of the sun. A huge dome of high pressure will settle over the South and pump in heat to much of the Deep South bringing in some of the hottest weather this area has seen in over two years. It's this heat that Metro paramedic, Kippy Smith, says can bring about heat-related illnesses. He says there are ways to prevent it.

"The heat wave that's approaching, some of the things that a person can do to prevent getting a heat exhaustion or heat cramps is to make sure they drink lots of water," Smith said.

Water, the bodies most vital nutrient, is so important that doctors recommend drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. With heat indices expected to soar above 105 degrees, maintaining a hydrated body is highly essential when it comes to staying safe.

"If you can, stay indoors under an air conditioner," said LEMA assistant director, Scott Stokes. "If not, use wet towels, wet rags. Like I said, stay hydrated or find a shade tree."

Smith says one of the first signs of a heat-related illness are headache and nausea. If you notice any of these signs you should stop immediately and rest, as not to further complicate the issue.

"They need to get to a shaded or cool area to find rest. And the appropriate rest times need to be double whatever the time is that you spend out in the heat, to ensure that you are not getting overheated as much as possible," Smith said.

With the heat and humidity here to stay for at least the next week, Smith says it's important to make sure you stay hydrated.