Ways to avoid heat exhaustion

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – When temperatures are as high as they have been, and will be this weekend, heat exhaustion is a real risk.

Heat exhaustion can develop when you’re out in the sun for a long period of time and get dehydrated.

Children under the age of four, and senior citizens, are most likely affected. If left untreated, it can progress to heat stroke.

Here are some of the signs to look out for:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fainting

There are ways to protect yourself:

  • Dress in lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
  • Reduce or eliminate strenuous activity outside, or reschedule to the coolest time of day
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