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Staying healthy in the heat

Posted: 8:30 PM, Jul 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-22 21:36:04-04

Doctors are issuing a warning about the dangers of the massive heatwave that’s sweeping across the United States.

In inland areas of the Central Coast, such as Paso Robles, temperatures are expected to reach the triple digits this week.

Dr. Baruch Fertel of the Cleveland Clinic says heat exhaustion symptoms, like lethargy, confusion and nausea, can potentially progress to heatstroke.

“They are no longer sweating. They are completely unresponsive or very altered, and those folks need to seek medical attention promptly,” said Dr. Fertel.

Experts are encouraging people to drink plenty of fluids, take cool showers or baths and stay in air-conditioned buildings if possible.

If kids want to play in the water, test the temperature first, and don’t forget that the metal equipment found on playgrounds can also get very hot in the summer.

Cars also carry hidden dangers in the heat. Metal seatbelt buckles can cause serious burns, and of course, leaving children or pets inside a locked vehicle can be deadly.

Finally, if you plan on exercising outside or doing yard work, try to do it in the morning or early evening when the temperatures are slightly cooler.