Staying Safe in the Heat

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- Prolonged exposure to this heat starts putting people in danger. Already hospitals are seeing people showing up in the emergency room dehydrated and with other heat-related illnesses.

"On days like this it goes up exponentially, especially when involved in a lot of activities," said Dr. Kenneth Elmassian, President of the Michigan State Medical Society.

Every year thousands of Michigan residents suffer from heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, says Elmassian. The average person should be drinking ten glasses of water a day. Without the proper hydration being outside can be very beautiful but dangerous.

"Sometimes it can sneak up on you. You're so busy you don't even realize your becoming dehydrated."

Elmassian says anyone can be a victim to the heat, but warns parents of small children to be extra cautious. Heat exhaustion can be life threatening to adolescents.

"Their body mass is a lot smaller and they dehydrate quickly."

Doctors say if you see someone becoming dizzy or nauseous move them into the shade immediately and get them some water. If the person gets worse or even passes out, call 9-1-1 immediately because they could have heat stroke.

The best way to stay out of the hospital is to stay out of the heat. Local cinema's have certainly been seeing a rise in customers over the past few days, and expect it to stay that way as the heat stays high.

"A movie theater is a great place to cool down. You're in a dark area for two and a half hours, and you get to enjoy a good movie," said Matthew Rick, Assistant Manager at Celebration! Cinema.

The few hours in the A.C. is worth it says customer Catherine Hart.

"It's definitely nice to get out of the house without air conditioning, and come somewhere like here," said Hart.

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