SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - We have had the hottest week of the year so far and considering it's not even the middle of June, we'll have some more hot ones in the near future.
And being smart in the heat is vital to keeping you safe.
Heat-related illness safety is going around this week.
It doesn't take long for heat exhaustion to happen.
You could get heat exhaustion by being out in the sun too long and not drinking enough water.
Doctors say to look out for these things: dizziness, an increase in sweat, an increase in thirst and an increase in your internal temperature.
“When you start feeling that get out of the sun in a shaded area and undo tight clothing and start hydrating and that's at the beginning when you start feeling dizzy,” explains Mindy Kendrick with Ozarks Community Hospital’s Primary Care Clinic in Springfield.
If heat exhaustion isn’t treated, heat stroke can happen which can be deadly.
The first sign of heat stroke is confusion.
A person suffering from heat stroke will also stop sweating and that means you'll need to call 911.
Nausea is also a sign that you could be suffering from heat exhaustion.
If you or someone you know is suffering from heat exhaustion and starts throwing up or gets confused, doctors say to call 911.
They also shouldn’t drink any water because there is a risk of choking.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun