Southside Residents Try Staying Safe in the Heat

Danville, VA - Now that the rain has finally gone and the heat has arrived families are filling Ballou Park.

Kristen Lingle decided to enjoy the weather with an afternoon walk.

"We knew it would be a quick walk today because it is so hot," Lingle said.

Lingle says she makes sure to take proper precautions.

"Heat exhaustion is really common in the summer. And growing up in the south, you are very familiar with that," Lingle said.

Otherwise, an afternoon in the sun could turn quickly into a nightmare.

"We tend to get a number of calls," explained Tommy Pruett the Executive Director of the Danville Life Saving Crew.

With temperatures well into the 90s, the Danville Life Saving Crew stays on stand-by for heat-induced illnesses.

"In its worst form, heat stroke, it carries a high death rate," Pruett added.

To prevent heat related illnesses, be sure to drink lots of water and stay in the shade whenever possible. If you feel muscle cramps or fatigue, they can be the signs of heat exhaustion.

"You want to get out, you want to cool," Pruett said.

The heat safety tips can be especially important for children and the elderly.

People are not the only ones feeling the heat, however.

"The heat is very dangerous for their animals. Very dangerous," said Paulette Dean, the Executive Director of the Danville Humane Society. "You must provide shade. You have to do that. It is a lifesaver."

Heat exhaustion can happen during warm summer nights too, experts advise to be careful.