Dealing with the heat

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After a mild and wet summer, we're now getting into some dangerously high temperatures in central Indiana. If you're not careful while out in the sun, you could suffer from a heat-related illness.

Each year more people in the United States die from extreme heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightening, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. People who work or spend much of their time outdoors sustain most of the injuries.  

Emergency rooms at local hospitals are anticipating a busy week with people suffering from heat related injuries such as heat exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke.

Children and the elderly are most at risk. but Indiana is especially at risk, say doctors, because along with high temperatures, we have the humidity and that makes it difficult for your body to cool itself off.

So if you have a child at summer camp, or if you work outside, here's what to watch for:

"The biggest thing is to watch for easy irritability, anger then nausea, weakness, feel like you're going to pass out," said Dr. Ed Eppler of St. Franciis Hopsital. "You certainly want to get yourself fixed before those things occur. The biggest thing is to stay in shady area or air conditioned area and drink plenty of fluids." 

If you are around someone who's having problems from the heat, get them to a cool area or a shady area and get them something to drink. It can sneak up on you pretty quickly.

Doctors say the easiest and most effective way to cool yourself off is to mist yourself. Again we dealt with a hot summer last year, but this year we haven't had a chance to acclimate ourselves to the high temperatures.

Even if you're still planning a vacation, keep in mind 43 states are experiencing 90-degree heat, and some have declared heat emergencies.