Stay safe in the summer heat

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – With warm temperatures expected again this week, Memorial Health would like to remind parents and those who work outdoors to stay safe when you are out there for extended periods of time.

Last week with the heat, Memorial Health brought in about 10-15 people with heat-related illnesses – some were people spending time on the boat or at the beach.

But the majority of patients were people who worked outdoors and didn’t get out of the sun early enough.

The main heat-related illness they see at Memorial Health is heat exhaustion, where people feel light-headed and dizzy.

ER doctor Dr. Jay Goldstein says the key is to limit time in the sun and remember to stay hydrated – not just with water, but a good balance of water and electrolytes in drinks like Gatorade.

“Once in a while you have to get out of the heat and into a cool place, I recommend these cooling towels, you bring a cooler with ice, you put the towel in it and every two minutes you take it out and wipe it down your body and it cools it down a number of degrees and that will really keep you safe and better able to handle the elements,” Dr. Goldstein said.

He also warns to be careful when drinking alcohol outside in the heat, as you may not realize you are not feeling well due to the alcohol in your system, make sure just to drink other liquids as well.

Dr. Goldstein says that during the heat of the day from around 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you really shouldn’t spend more than an hour outside in the heat if you can avoid it.

The city of Savannah has several pools that are open on different days of the week. Daffin Park is open all week to keep you and the kids cool.

Although the pool and the beach are good options to help maintain your body temperature, Dr. Goldstein says you should always try to limit time spent outdoors for children to less than an hour during the summer. heat of the day.

If they are outside for any length of time, be sure to watch them closely and check for signs of fatigue, exhaustion, pale appearance, improper action, or failure to going to the bathroom so much – all of these can be signs that they are suffering from heat exhaustion and might need to go to the doctor.

“Certainly be careful with your children, it’s essential, the children just don’t know and realize what they need, they go for the drinks and they try to force the drinks, you feel like get a little thirsty, you’re already behind the curb make sure you take this item and if you feel like you need a sip, take three sips,” Dr. Goldstein said.

Throughout the week, the City Manager and Director of Emergency Management will be monitoring the temperature to decide whether to open cooling centers around the city. They will post on their social media and we will also update you if this happens.

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