EMS crews on standby for hot weather weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis Emergency Services will have crews on standby this weekend to deal with extra calls for heat-related illnesses.

This weekend will likely be the hottest so far this year. There's also many outdoor events, including Indy PrideThe Italian Street Festival, and concerts. IEMS is encouraging everyone to have fun, but also stay safe and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

“We do have special awareness awareness for environmental emergencies or heat emergencies with the temperatures being high," explained Carl Rochelle the PIO for IEMS.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the most common types of calls for IEMS during hot days. The symptoms are different, but it's important to pay attention to your body's signs that it's too hot.

"Initially, most folks are going to feel heat cramping, so they’re going to start having some muscle cramping in their legs and arms as they move to heat exhaustion, some nausea, headache, maybe even a little dizziness," Rochelle said. He added, “heat stroke would be the farthest extreme and now we’re talking, loss of consciousness, slurred speech, agitation, and a lack of sweat, so they’ve gone from heavy or profuse sweating to not sweating at all.”

Rochelle encourages people to start the day off drinking lots of water and continue hydrating every 10-15 minutes. Water and sports drinks are preferable and you should avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks.

“While a soft drink seems awfully refreshing and taste great, the caffeine there can also cause problems for the body when it comes to heat," Rochelle said.

Here's some tips to keep you safe in the heat:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing
  • Take breaks when needed
  • Find a spot in the shade
  • Listen to your body

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