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Staying safe in the summer heat, paramedics weigh in

Paramedics encourage people to exercise in the early morning or late evening. (Source: WALB) Paramedics encourage people to exercise in the early morning or late evening. (Source: WALB)
Temperatures are expected to climb over the next few days. (Source: WALB) Temperatures are expected to climb over the next few days. (Source: WALB)
People were enjoying the sun on Wednesday. (Source: WALB) People were enjoying the sun on Wednesday. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Paramedic Jeremy Varnadoe said he's responded to fewer heat exhaustion calls this year. (Source: WALB) Dougherty County Paramedic Jeremy Varnadoe said he's responded to fewer heat exhaustion calls this year. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Temperatures are inching closer to triple digits. 

While some are staying cool inside with the air conditioning blasting, others are on the run. 

And as the heat strengthens, outdoor activities become tougher. 

"You tend to sweat a little bit more," said Lisa Graves, a runner and employee at Wild Side Running in Albany. 

But activities outside can get dangerous. Graves ran Tuesday evening and said she felt the change in conditions. 

"When we got done running last night. I had a little but of a headache because I think it was so hot," explained Graves. "I just kept drinking my water and pretty soon I was fine."

First responders said this year people seem to be taking proper precaution against the heat. 

"I just think people are a lot more aware of the outside conditions because it's a very hot summer," explained Dougherty County Paramedic Jeremy Varnadoe.

Varnadoe said most of the heat exhaustion calls he responds to are for elderly people. 

"They don't compensate as well as a young adult does," said Varnadoe. "Also it can be with certain medications they take that prohibit them from sweating properly as well."

Not sweating, Varnadoe said is a red flag.   

"Generally that's when you have severe heat exhaustion, which can then lead to possible heat stroke," said Varnadoe. 

If you aren't sweating, he said you need to get help immediately. 

As the heat index climbs well past 100 degrees, Varnadoe said adrenaline junkies need to stay hydrated around the clock.

"Even people who are in real good shape, have a strong tendency to exert themselves too much, especially when exercising," said Varnadoe.

Members of the Wild Side Running group run most evenings. Graves said they hydrate well before their runs. 

"When everybody gets here and then when the run is done everyone is free to get as much water as they need," said Graves.

Varnadoe said runners aren't the only ones who should stay hydrated. 

Everyone from small kids, to the elderly and those who work outside need to be drinking water throughout the day, especially throughout these next few days. 

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