Multiple Days of Triple Digit Temps Raise Risk Of Heat Related Illness - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/3/08

Multiple Days of Triple Digit Temps Raise Risk Of Heat Related Illness

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Experts say a fourth day of triple digit temperatures is raising your risk of heat related illnesses. We are told these consistently high temperatures can turn fatal without proper preparation.

Another day of temperatures in the one hundreds and many look toward a pool of blue for relief.

"We decided to come swimming because it's a nice cool pool and it's hot, hot outside," Julie Lewelling said.

Lewelling and her kids have spent the last four afternoons splashing and kicking around in the YWCA Sun and Fun Swimming Pool. However, the heat is not the only thing Lewelling is trying to beat.

"It's a factor that you have to definitely have to take care of because these guys dehydrate so fast, as there's not a whole lot of them," Lewelling said.

"Even though you are in the water staying cool you are still not drinking water and that's the whole idea of heat exhaustion. You're losing water and not drinking enough water to keep your systems going properly," YWCA Aquatics Director Rachel Forbes said.

Forbes says warning signs of heat exhaustion are nausea, light headiness and dizziness. All cues to move out of the sun, get water and try to get cool.

"If you don't take care of it, heat exhaustion leads to heat stroke and that's fatal," Forbes said. 

However, those taking a dip are not the only ones at risk. Forbes says anyone out in the sun for a long period of time needs to be aware.

"I brought a big bucket of water and made sure every time the water pot was there we'd take a drink," golfer Brad Pruitt said.

In McKenzie Park, Alicia Rodriguez and her two year old daughter are trying to stay cool both with water and a little help from the ice cream man. "We gotta cool down somehow other than water. She heard the ice cream man so she had to run over here," Rodriguez said.

However, Forbes says cooling your body maybe harder than you think.

"The more days we have of 100 degrees the harder it is on your body because you're not getting cool as if it was in the 80's or 90's," Forbes said.

If your body stops sweating, you start vomiting, or you pass out Forbes tells NewsChannel 11 that's when heat exhaustion has become heat stroke. In that case, seek medical help immediately.

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