Doctors say ‘know your limits’ before going out in extreme heat

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- You could see the heat shimmering off the streets in downtown Greensboro. It's the kind of day Steve Hale wants to spend with his grandson in the shade and avoid the sun.

"I spend way too much time at the dermatologist," Hale said. "I'm smarter in my old age."

Hiding from the sun is one way Hale tries to beat the heat, but when it comes to chores around the house, like weed whacking and mowing the lawn, he tries to take care of it early.

"To the point where the dew gets off the grass, do it when it's cooler," he said. "Just staying out of the heat as much as possible."

This weekend is looking to be one of the hottest this summer, and doctors say folks need to be smart.

"If you start to feel bad, you know I'm out in the heat I'm feeling faint, fatigued weak, nauseated, don't try to fight through it because you're still out there in the heat, you're going to lose," said Emergency Physician at Cone Health Dr. Kevin Steinl.

He says this time of year, the department sees more folks for heat exhaustion this time of year.

"Symptoms like headaches, might be dizziness, fatigue," he said.

Dr. Steinl says hydrating and knowing your limits is important. And for folks hitting the water, that's not an actual substitute for drinking water.

He says to keep in touch with elderly relatives who may be living independently at this time in their lives. Check in to make sure fans and air conditioning is working. The United Way of the Greater High Point Area is collecting fans to deliver to the elderly all summer long. So far, they've received more than 40 fans.

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