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Summer heat safety tips

May 23, 2004

Albany -- It isn't officially summer yet but it sure feels like it outside. Many South Georgia cities are reaching unseasonably high temperatures. And if you plan to be outside you better take steps to protect yourself.

Although the Pacers were able to beat the Heat on the basketball Court. Outside in South Georgia it's whole different story. Temperatures around the state are 4 to 5 degrees above normal, leaving people like Tim Bonner and his 4 year old daughter searching for shade.

"We live in South Georgia, we grew up here, so we are used to the heat," says Tim Bonnor.

And if you're used to the heat it's a good idea to know when you may be getting to much of it. High summer temperatures can be dangerous especially for the elderly and children. If your body can't cool itself off you could suffer a life threatening heatstroke.

Here are symptoms to look out for:

  • Red hot and dry Skin
  • A Rapid Pulse
  • Throbbing Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and Confusion

If someone has suffered a heat stroke get them to the hospital immediately keep their body doused with cold water or wrap them in wet sheet.

Other things to be aware of as temperature rise is leaving the kids or pet in hot car.

Cars can trap the sun's heat and raise the temperature inside to well over 100 degrees.

And knowing how to stay cool as the weather continues to heat up may save your life.

Experts also suggest drinking lots of water, wearing light colored and lightweight cloths. Also they suggest putting off strenuous outside activity until the cool parts of the day.

posted at 6:11PM by scott.hunter@walb.com