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First responders warn about heatstroke as temperatures rise

Many people are enjoying the nice weather. (Source: WALB) Many people are enjoying the nice weather. (Source: WALB)
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90's in the next week. (Source: WALB) Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90's in the next week. (Source: WALB)
Sam Allen is the Dougherty County EMS Director. (Source: WALB) Sam Allen is the Dougherty County EMS Director. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As temperatures climb into the 90s, first responders want to make sure you are taking care of yourself. 

They said they see an increase in heatstroke cases at the start of the summer. 

"It's pretty intense out here," said Michael Batten as he sat in Tift Park.

If you walked outside for even a few minutes on Thursday, you probably broke a sweat. 

"You don't want to bake out here," said Batten. "You walk in the sunshine you're going to catch it."

While the heat is no surprise to most South Georgia residents, first responders said it can take people by storm when it first hits. It often leads to a number of people suffering from heatstroke. 

"Just living in it and you know going out daily you learn how to deal with it," said Batten.

"We do see a spike at the beginning of the summertime weather because everyone is used to the cooler weather," explained Dougherty County EMS Director Sam Allen.

Allen is reminding people to stay hydrated, especially this weekend.

"We don't want people to go out and immediately start working in the yard without being cautious of when they start sweating, make sure they are drinking plenty of liquids, non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure that somebody is out there with them because we don't want someone to pass out with a heatstroke," said Allen. 

If you're getting light headed, dizzy and stop sweating, first responders said that's a bad sign. 

"You need to get inside, get in a cool facility and call 911 if you're feeling worse," explained Allen. 

If you are outside working, first responders said you should wear a hat, move in the shade when you can and continue drinking water as you work. That way you are replenishing your body with the water you are sweating off. 

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