Huntsville Fire Department has tips to stay cool

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – With temperatures expected to reach over 100 degrees this weekend, you night not want to reach for your usual afternoon pick-me-up.

“Anything with caffeine in it, and of course alcohol. What that does is, it just dehydrates you more,” said Captain Frank McKenzie of the Huntsville Fire Department.

Capt. McKenzie said in these kind of conditions, it’s important to look for signs of heat stroke, such as nausea, dizziness, and cramping. He gave one tip that he said most people don’t realize.

“You can actually take some cool packs and put them around your neck, back of your neck, under your arms, even in their groin areas,  those blood vessels are closer to the surface of your body, and it’ll actually help cool your blood down, and get your body temperature down a lot faster than it normally would,” he said.

He stressed another important point.

“During this heat, make sure that you pay special attention to elderly peoples, 65 and older because they’re a little more susceptible to heat than most people, and also your infants up to 4 years old. They don’t regulate their body temperatures as regular as most folks do,” he said.

Captain McKenzie added that the best thing you can do is keep checking on them, and make sure the air conditioning is on.

He also said during these times of extreme heat, they do get more calls than usual. He wants to remind everyone to do what they can to stay cool.