SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Friday's heat advisory expired at 7:00PM, but it's expected to be reinstated Saturday, and if it does, heat stroke once again becomes a concern.
Early warning signs are often ignored, and that's when people can die. According to the Centers for Disease Control , in 2009, more than 600 people died from conditions related to the heat.
Headache, dizziness and nausea are just some of the indicators that you could be in trouble.
"Drink lots and lots of fluids. Heat stroke is possible right now, you can pass out, you can faint," said Athia Boyd of Springfield. She just graduated nursing school. "You don't want to be dehydrated so make sure make you drink a lot a lot of fluid."
Dehydration can lead to heat stroke, which according to the Mayo Clinic , is when your body temperature reaches 104-degrees or higher.
Doctor's say one of the most serious symptoms is confusion. If your children or loved ones seem to be having a difficult time or losing focus, that's the time to seek medical help.
"It is really hot so to be able to do anything outside is not fun and then you just sit there and are sitting in sweat, I'm over it." said Sarah Castro of Agawam.
However, doctor's say that sweat is a good thing.
Dr. Joseph Schmidt, the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center said, "The way our bodies try to stay cool is by sweating. Sweating causes evaporation, evaporation causes some cooling at the surface. So dehydration can exist without a heat stress, but clearly warm environments make the possibility of becoming dehydrated much higher."
Dr. Joseph told 22News the heat can also complicate asthma and other chronic illnesses.
People at the most risk for heat stroke include the very young and very old, as well as people who are overweight or taking certain medications.
Some other tips
- Wear light weight and light colored clothing
- Limit your alcohol; it dehydrates
- If any of your neighbors don't have air conditioning, check on them to make sure they're okay