It's hot out there and it's only going to get hotter this holiday weekend. As the mercury rises, so does the risk of heat related illness. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny reports.
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- "Cause it's really hot, I'm going swimming," said Chole Palmer, Middletown.
"I'm trying to keep cool," said Nariah Simpson, Middletown
The dog days of summer are here and everyone's trying to beat the heat
"I'm swimming to keep cool," said Hassan Boyd, Middletown.
Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the U.S. resulting in hundreds of deaths each year and sending thousands more to the emergency room with heat related-illnesses, like heat stroke and exhaustion.
"So, they come in with muscle cramping, generalized weakness, malaise. So, we'll cool them down, get their sweaty hot clothes off, hydrate them with IV fluids, sometimes cooling fans as well," said Dr. Anuj Vohra, Orange Regional Medical Center Medical Director.
So, whether you’re heading to the beach, lake or even the pool, here's what experts said you should know to keep cool and safe.
"But when you get those heat waves, there's only so much the body can take. So, it's important to avoid direct sun contact and hydrate with multiple bottles of fluid," said Dr. Vohra.
Experts recommend wearing protective clothing, like a hat and sunglasses when in the sun. They recommend exercising in the early morning hours before the sun is at its peak, or in the late evening.
"That's why I'm over here in the shade, I'm not swimming, but I'm cool in the shade," Said TJ Walker, Middletown.
While celebrations will be in full swing this holiday weekend, Dr. Vohra said, in this heat, drinking alcohol or caffeine may do more harm than good.
"When you are drinking coffee, tea, alcohol, these are things that put you a step back, as opposed to going forward with hydrating your body. So, these people are even more at risk for heat-related illness especially heat exhaustion," said Dr. Vohra.
Experts said symptoms to watch out for are muscle cramping, weakness, and dizziness. If you experience any of these, seek medical attention.