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Signs you need to hydrate and head inside

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-17 01:12:03-04

As we head into the weekend temperatures will reach 115 degrees. Those temperatures can be extremely dangerous and cause heat exhaustion. 

Often times when it's hot outside many people decide to stay indoors. For those who brave the heat, officials are asking to not neglect your water intake and stay hydrated. 

Julian Herrera, with the Tucson Fire Department says, "Hydration is key."

Before heading out make sure to wear loose light colored clothing and drink at least 20 ounces of water 2-3 hours before going outside. 

"They say when you're thirsty it's already too late and you're already dehydrated," says Herrera.

 

 

Signs of heat exhaustion: 

  • Headaches
  • Pale skin
  • Stomach and muscle cramps
  • Dizziness 
  • Chapped lips
  • Dry mouth 

If you begin to feel any of these symptoms - get out of the sun immediately and go into a cool building or shaded area. Then sit down and drink small sips of water. 

TFD says within the past month they have responded to about 5 heat related medical emergencies a week. 

Southern Arizona Rescue Association has responded to 61 rescues since January. Eight of those calls in May and June, alone. 

Often times, rescue teams are preventing heat dehydration while rescuing hikers by distributing water to other hikers on the trail. 

For those heading out this weekend, alcohol will speed up the process of dehydration. 

TFD says, bottom line is your body need to water. 

 

S.A.R.A officials are advising people to not go hiking.