KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Over the last few days the sun and the heat have been hard to escape for those working and playing outside.
Jeff Bagwell with Rural/Metro says this recent weather can cause more than a sunburn.
“Hot temperatures can be dangerous for a lot of people and it can come on your pretty quick and you don’t even know that you’re experiencing a heat related emergency,” said Bagwell.
Bagwell says the most common heat related illness Rural/Metro sees in heat exhaustion.
“That’s when your body is sweating profusely and it just keeps on coming and your clothes are drenched,” said Bagwell.
Besides sweating, there are heat exhaustion signs to look out for in your self and your friends and family.
“People become somewhat delirious,” said Bagwell. “They start answering things but aren’t really making much sense. Almost like they are having a stroke or some type of what people call a mini stroke.”
If you or someone your with starts experiencing these symptoms there are ways to safely cool the body down. First, come in out of the sun. shade is a good step but air conditioning is best. You also need to drink water.
Ice packs can be applied under knees, under arm pits and on temples.
Bagwell says the best way tp stay cool is prepare the day before.
“It sounds kind of funny but we tell people, drink a lot of water the day before so you hydrate your body very very well before the day you’re going to be out in the hot sun.”