Ways to stay safe in Valley heat

June 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
This long stretch of excessive heat can take its toll on people. Whether you are working out in the elements or trying to cool off.

We hear it all the time, but drinking plenty of water is key to preventing heat sickness. Paramedics say they see a lot of people this time of year suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. While there is a heat wave paramedics say the weather has a bigger impact on our bodies.

The blazing summer sun may keep some people indoors. But many around the Valley still continued with their weekend plans

Alexis Ray says her kids love splashing around at Figarden loop park in northwest Fresno. But she's makes sure they are following the number one rule of surviving a heat wave.

" Oh, I make sure they drink a lot of water. They will tell me they don't like it. But it's hot," Ray said.

Hot and dangerous, paramedic Shaun Vincent says everyone should be extra careful during this excessive heat warning.

" Be conscious of the heat. Try to stay in the shade and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible," Vincent said.

A youth baseball team endured the heat in Northwest Fresno around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. When the temperatures were still above 100 degrees.

Vincent says when you are outdoors, watch for signs of heat educed illness.

" Shortness of breath, dizziness, those are some of the signs we look for when we deal with heat related injuries," Vincent said.

Heat illness is exactly what Fresno Fire Fighters try to avoid. But that is a tough battle considering the equipment and extreme conditions they work in.

Paramedics also say other signs of heat stroke include when you stop sweating, vomiting, headaches and even cramping. That is when you should get medical attention as soon as possible.


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