Wednesday could be the hottest day of the season, so far. People are asked to be careful you don't overdo it out there. Heat-related health issues can develop quickly. In fact, emergency workers have already responded to several calls of people getting sick from the heat.
Wednesday's highs are expected to reach the lower 90s. The heat index will reach the lower 100s possibly.
Officials say the best advice is to take breaks from the heat, wear light colored clothing and stay hydrated. Fire officials say people overdo it outdoors every summer.
Lt. Bryan Harrell, with Birmingham Fire and Rescue, he says the heat related emergency calls usually come from people who are at parks, doing yard work or working at construction sites. Harrell says even though firefighters are trained to endure the heat, it can even be too much them.
That is why crews are rotated and they take breaks.
Harrell says you can become overheated fast in this weather, which can lead to a heat stroke, seizures and even death.
"It's several signs of dehydration. Can start with heat cramps, cramping in the legs or any of your joints. Next, you can have heat exhaustion or dehydration and skin kind of moist and clammy, nausea and headaches," Harrell said.
Harrell says stay away from caffeine and alcohol if you're in the heat for a long time. Lt. Rusty Lowe, with the Hoover Fire Department, says there have been just a few heat related emergency calls in the past few days. He expects them to start picking up.
If you're going to be out in the heat, try to follow these tips:
- Infants and young children
- People aged 65 or older
- People who have a mental illness
- Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
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