Beating Middle Georgia's Heat this Summer

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Updated: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:38:26 EST

It's only getting hotter in Middle Georgia and there are a few tips to stay safe and beat the heat.

Laboring in 90 plus degree temperatures means taking precautions like rest breaks but most importantly, staying hydrated to avoid heat type illnesses this summer.

“Usually you feel tired, you may feel dizzy if you get dehydrated,” Coliseum Health System Women's Service Line Director, Jennifer Gardner said. “The more you sweat, the more you need to drink.”

Beside hydration she recommends staying out of the sun between 11a.m.  and 4 p.m.
When inside, have the AC on or a fan blowing. When outside, wear a hat, light clothing and stay in the shade. Gardner said jumping into pools helps keep body heat down but people need to be mindful.

"The exertion of swimming is going to dehydrate you so you still want to drink plenty of fluids while you're swimming," she said.

Parents need to monitor kids’ activities and make sure to not leave them in a car.
"Children's body heat rises 3 to 5 times faster than adults do and so they overheat much easier."

The elderly also need to be cautious when outside. Their medications and changes in metabolism can make them more susceptible to the heat. Gardner says pregnant women should also be wary.

"Even a small amount of dehydration during pregnancy can cause you to start contracting," she said.

Coliseum Health System will host a child safety expo on Saturday June 21 at Coliseum Northside Hospital. It'll feature various tips from nutrition, gun safety and summer precautions like swimming and skin care. The event starts at 9 a.m. and is free to the public

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