How to beat the heat

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – -The hot weather Alabama is experiencing combined with the high humidity only increases the risk for heat-related illnesses.

Whether people spend the day working outside or only spend a short time in the heat, there’s reason for concern when summer hits Alabama.

It’s tough work battling blazes on any day, but with temperatures as high as they were on Wednesday, it’s just oppressive.

In 2012 alone, there were 809 reported cases of heat-related illnesses in Alabama. There were six related deaths reported, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Knowing what to do to keep cool in the heat is highly important, even if you don’t work outside in the elements.

It’s vital to drink plenty of water.

Doctors recommend hydrating the night before and keeping those fluids going throughout the day, especially for youngsters taking part in outdoor camps.

They also recommend wearing light-colored clothing, hats and sunscreen.

Most importantly, monitoring for signs of heat-related stress, such as heat cramps, exhaustion and heat stroke – which can be dead — , is absolutely necessary.

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