High temperatures bring concerns of heat exhaustion, drowning

With the recent hot weather, experts are warning the public about dangers like heat exhaustion and drowning.

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 6:05 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2019 6:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With the recent hot weather, experts are warning the public about dangers like heat exhaustion and drowning.

Doctors said everyone needs to take care of themselves in the hot, summer sun. At PeaceHealth, doctors said the most common conditions they see in this weather are sunburns and heat exhaustion. Initial symptoms include being thirsty and warm.

If you find yourself suffering, experts recommend trying to cool off by drinking fluids and finding shade.

But be careful with cooling off in the rivers. It’s still so cold you could become hypothermic.

"You're definitely going to feel the heat more when the seasons change abruptly like this, when you go from having temperatures in the 50s and 60s with cooler weather and rain to very sunny, 90 weather,” Emergency Department Director Charlotte Ransom said. “It's going to take a bit more toll on your body. You're going to feel that heat a bit more intensely."

If you see someone showing signs of a heat stroke, call 911.

Experts are also reminding residents to keep an extra close eye on the kids when around water.

A pediatric surgeon at PeaceHealth said drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. One thousand children drowned in 2017. Half of those deaths happen in a short amount of time, not far from their parents.

Older kids tend to underestimate the depth of the water, which is why they said it’s so important to keep watch of where they are in the water at all times.

"Drowning can happen very quickly and very silently,” Pediatric Surgeon Kim Ruscher said. “Remember, one pair of eyes per one swimmer. Be in charge of your swimmers. You are the adult. If they are in too deep of water, pull them out. If they are in open water, they should have child flotation devices on that are certified.”

Doctors also said to make sure their floating devices fit. If they’re from the year prior, they may not fit anymore or be able to handle their current weight.

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