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Southside first responders give tips to beat the heat

You need to make sure you drink enough water before going out.
You need to make sure you drink enough water before going out.
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DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) - High temperatures on the Southside will be a theme over the next few days.

"If you're going to be outside, make sure you drink a lot of fluids, especially water," says Charlotte Newnam, a nationally registered EMT Basic for Danville Life Saving Crew.

It's a basic tip, but first responders are urging you to follow more closely. Danville Life Saving Crew members encourage you to take breaks in the shade and not try to over-do it during this intense heat.

If you don't follow these tips, you may get dehydrated, feel dizzy, or get cramps in your arms and legs, according to EMT Basic Peyton Parrish.

"Around summertime we do see an increase in calls with these symptoms."

They say that's because people forget to drink enough water.

Lee Hall, the owner of LH Landscape, says he's prepared to work in the sun. He says he has been doing landscaping work for three years.

"I'm just trying to make it pretty."

At almost 70-years-old, Hall spends around 7-hours outside each day. "We mow. We look after the shrubs. I do all of the feeding, the fertilizing."

He adds that he knows his limits and tells his crew to know theirs.

"There will be times when I can feel myself getting a little bit fainty and a little bit weak, and I know it's time to stop, get in the shade, hydrate."

This heat can affect anyone.

We're told it is worse on people who are older or have other health conditions.

Danville Life Saving Crew says to treat heat exhaustion, try the following:

Move to a cooler area out of direct sunlight.

Loosen clothing.

Apply cool, wet towels to face, neck, chest and limb.

Have someone fan your skin.

Drink water or sports drinks every 15 minutes.

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If a person is not responding, call 911.

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