Learn How To Beat The Heat & Stay Safe

Posted at 7:42 PM, May 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-26 20:42:42-04

As temperatures warm up and people spend more time outdoors, the risk of heat-related injuries increases.

Paramedics with the Nashville Fire Department said they typically see more cases between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

For anyone planning to spend extended time outdoors, remember to take steps to stay hydrated.

Some symptoms of heat stroke include dizziness, a rapid heart beat, and exhaustion.

Officials said if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

“For most people, the civilian may not recognize these signs and symptoms,” said Dontre Doxley, a paramedic with the fire department. “We say when in doubt, go ahead and call 911 or get that person to a medical facility.”

Paramedics said children and elderly adults are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses, but everyone needs to take precautions.