Summer temperatures arrive, stay safe in the heat

By Hillary Thornton | 

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The hot summer temperatures have arrived and officials want to make sure you know how to stay safe while out in the heat.

Blue, clear skies and the sun shining make a good summer day for most but officials say it is important to take precautions when outdoors in the summer heat.

Lieutenant Patrick Bentley with the Pikeville Fire Department says, "Dress appropriately for the weather, stay hydrated, drink lots of fluids....water, gatorade."

Lt. Bentley says there are three different heat illnesses, "heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke."

Officials say anyone can experience heat illness but young children and the elderly are at the greatest risk.

Lt. Bentley, explains some symptoms, "Start getting really dizzy, lightheaded, nauseous, vomiting, sweating profusely."

Officials say if there is no perspiration, that can also be a red flag and a sign of heat stroke. "Some people think their skin is going to be very very red, it can actually be like an ash color," says Bentley.

Officials also urge those who have to work outdoors to be cautious., "Work outside in moderation, take lots of breaks. Drink lots of fluid, drink gatorade, because your body needs those electrolytes," explains Bentley.

O'Neal Henson works outdoors and says, "When we are outside, he supplies us with as much water as we can drink, we go to shady spots, work outside maybe 45 minutes, go to a shady spot and just drink a lot of water."

Officials say if you do experience any heat related illness go indoors immediately if possible and do not hesitate to call 911.

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