This weekend is one of the hottest ones yet this year, and people in the Tennessee Valley are taking steps to stay safe when out in the sun.
As the temperature rises, so does the risk of heat exhaustion. Heat related sickness is caused by being out in extreme heat, and it can happen fast. Headache, dizziness, and lack of sweat are signs of a heatstroke. You can prevent these symptoms by staying hydrated.
If you plan to be out in the heat, make sure to wear lightweight clothing, stay away from alcohol and sugary drinks, and take breaks from the sun.
Point Mallard Marketing Manager, Mark Hopper, said, “Hydrate, shade, and rest. Just don’t stay too long in one spot.”
You can play it safe by staying in an air-conditioned building during the hottest times of the day. If you can’t stand staying indoors, a water park may be a good place to hang out.
“There’s plenty of shade. There’s plenty of access out of the sun, so that’s a big bonus for everybody. As long as you hydrate, as long as you take breaks, as long as you hydrate with food, you’re good,” said Hopper.
Kids and elders are also at a higher risk of experiencing heat related illnesses, so keep an eye on those who may develop the symptoms of a heatstroke more quickly.