Tips to avoid heat exhaustion as summer approaches


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It may not be official until Friday, but summer is here. In Kentuckiana, summer means heat and air quality alerts.

Tiffany Mays and her boys are headed back inside to the air conditioning after an air quality alert was issued Thursday. 

“When we're out of water like we are now we go home. They're thirsty and we drank all our water,” Mays said.

Health officials said water is the biggest weapon against heat exhaustion.

“The thing is to hydrate before you even go outdoors,” UofL nurse Teresa Baker said. 

If you've got little ones, watch them closely.

“We are looking at faces and watching body language. We also have CPR classes; we have a ton of training so we know what to look for,” YMCA camp counselor Tiffany Hamilton said. 

“Infants can't tell you and even small children that are playing, they will not come indoors for a drink of water,” Baker said.
Children and senior citizens are in the most danger during an alert.

“At a certain age you are chronically dehydrated. That is part of the aging process,” Baker said.

When the perspiration expires, you could be in real trouble.

“You stop sweating. You kind of get chilled, sick to your stomach, and a little disoriented. That's heat exhaustion,” Baker said. 

Baker said enjoy yourself but know your limits. Don't hesitate to seek help during the heat. 

There are also things you can do to help improve the air quality. Avoid idling your car, delay mowing the lawn, and combine your errands when you’re out and about on days when an air quality alert is issued.