Experts Give Tips On Staying Cool During Extreme Heat

Andy Dahn
May 27, 2018 - 2:37 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  Mother Nature has cranked up the heat on this holiday weekend, and that means an increase in health risks for some.

With a record-breaking high of 96-degrees projected for Memorial Day, Dr. Mark Courtney with Northwestern Memorial Hospital's emergency department said common sense must prevail.

"Try to avoid prolonged exposure outside in the sun, standing for really prolonged periods of time without any kind of break at all," Courtney said. "Try to stay hydrated and drink water while you're outside."

Courtney said young people tend to avoid trouble in the heat, even if they're involved in some type of holiday event like a barbeque or parade.

"I think coaches, teachers and band directors will do a good job of trying to keep people out of the direct sun and rested up before hand," he said. "Most of the time when we see really dangerous emergencies with heat, it's more people that are either intoxicated and dehydrated or older patients who may have some health problems."

Courtney said the biggest concern from a medical perspective is heat stroke, and anyone showing signs of confusion or trouble speaking should cool off immediately.