Beat the Heat

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As you've just heard, the high temperature Wednesday was in the 90s with the heat index well over 100 degrees. That's enough heat to cause some serious problems for those who have to be outside.

Whether it's for work or play, it's a good idea to protect yourself against this week's sweltering temperatures.

Dennis Kosciw, an AC tech, says, "It's supposed to be up to 105 heat index today. It's pretty rough out here working in the sun."

Dennis Kosciw works on air conditioning systems, so he spends a lot of time outside. When the temperature rises, so does the amount of breaks Kosciw takes. He says he's seen people fall victim to heat illnesses, even when they're not outside.

"I was working in an attic doing air conditioning; we had a man pass out from heat stroke. It got hot."

These people have their own solution to keep cool.

"It's just so muggy. It just adds to the heat index. You can't get refreshed unless you're surrounded by water."

If you must be outside and can't stop for a dip in the Chipola River, experts say you should remember these dos and don'ts.

Beverly Hinson of the Jackson County Health Department, says, "If you can work in the cool hours of the day or the evening, in addition stay out of the sun as much as possible, drink extra fluids, but avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol leads to dehydration."

Dehydration leads to heat injuries, something many first responders say they see a lot this time of year.

Cpt. Nakeya Lovett of Marianna Fire/Rescue says, “During the summer we respond to several people outside working that's become overwhelmed with the heat."

If your body gets overheated some of the injuries you can sustain are heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.