UK Hospital physicians say they're ready, as a potentially dangerous heat wave approaches the bluegrass. Temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 90s and possibly low 100's by Saturday.
Doctors say they hospital has prepared for a possible influx of patients with heat related illnesses, but they hope folks head early warnings to be prepared. They say some simple steps can decrease the odds that you'll end up in the emergency room, suffering from the heat.
"My advice, drink plenty of water, get out of the sun as much as possible, avoid the hottest times of the day, and be prepared and look out for each other," said Director of emergency medicine at UK HealthCare's Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Ryan Stanton.
When temperatures reach into the upper 90s and 100 degree mark, doctors say it can take just minutes for folks to feel the affects of the heat.
"Those temperatures rise even higher inside a vehicle," said Stanton. In just minutes, he says, temperatures can approach 150-degrees.
"Just make sure you do everything you can to make sure your child is the priority, as soon as you get out of that car."
Dr. Stanton will be among a team of doctors from UK HealthCare who will be on hand this weekend at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where the NASCAR Quaker State 400 is running on Saturday.