COLORADO SPRINGS — Temperatures around Southern Colorado are in the zone of 100 degrees. It is uncomfortable and can be threat to health if not careful. Whether in the back yard or on a trail pay attention to the heat and how it is affecting you physically.
"You really need to pay attention to the amount of water you normally drink. Try to adjust with that, then listen to your body." Captain Don Watkins with Colorado Springs Fire Department Medical Division says hydration is extra important when it is extra hot outside. It is especially important when heading out for activities like hiking. "Try to plan ahead because you don't want to realize that halfway through your climb, that you now need more water, but you're not carrying it with you."
Pay attention to symptoms of dehydration. "Hey I haven't been using the bathroom like I usually would or my mouth starts to feel a little dry,” said Watkins, “That's where you want to catch that because it'sa lot more difficult when you go to a true heat emergency. And that's where we would show up." When heat illnesses progress signs can include lack of perspiration, nausea, headaches, dizziness, and confusion. Drinking water may not be enough. A medical pro may have to help with intravenous (I.V.) fluids.