Folks beating the heat while at Claytor Lake Beach Festival
PULASKI COUNTY (WSLS10) - Temperatures reached 90 degrees on Saturday, one of the hottest days of the year. With temperatures heatinjg up, experts are reminding people be aware of heat exhaustion.
People said they took steps to avoid passing out while enjoying time in the fun while at Claytor Lake for the annual beach festival.
"I will walk around find shade and chill with some people," Caleb Thurman, a visitor to Claytor Lake State Park said.
Experts said while out in the sun it's best to make sure you're fully hydrated even if you're not doing any strenuous activities.
"This year we got a good breakfast in this morning and we have a lot of water where we're posted up over there," Calvin Bynam said.
Experts said summertime is usually when they see a rise with people needing assistance from not drinking enough fluids.
"It creeps up on you, people will start doing other things and they get distracted and they don't realize how hot they really are," Eric Collins, with the US Coast Guard Auxillary said.
Other tips to avoid passing out in the heat. If you can, avoid the heat and stay indoors as much as possible. When going out, dress for the heat by wearing loose fitted clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Light colored clothes reflect heat and sunlight which helps maintain normal body temperature. Don't drink while out in the heat. They said alcoholic beverages or drinks with caffeine or tea constrict the blood vessels which reduces the amount of heat the body can release.
For tips on symtoms for heat exhuastion click http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=safety-summer-summersafety
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