Allowing body to adjust to Arizona heat criticalPosted: Updated:
Officially-- summer doesn't start for another two weeks, but here in Arizona -- that doesn't matter -- once it hit June, it's hot. And some people haven't adjusted to the temperature change.
Firefighters say this time of year when temperatures finally start reaching triple digits, a good majority of their calls are related to heat exhaustion. "Our bodies and the people that we're responding to, we're not accustomed to the heat yet. We've not acclimated ourselves to making our bodies understand that this is how hot it's gonna be," says Adam Goldberg of the Northwest Fire Department.
Captain Goldberg says the high temperatures generally have more of an effect on the elderly and the very young, but everyone should start making adjustments to their outdoor routines, "If we can do less during the hot time, 9 or 10:00 in the morning till about 4 or 5 in the afternoon, even later, our bodies will be able to acclimate and get used to the heat better."
He says people who've suffered from heat-related illnesses these past few weeks have had symptoms of dehydration, nausea, and headaches, to name a few.
That's when ice packs, moist towels, and IV's become valuable tools for firefighters, "Which really cool the core body temperature down."
Captain Adam Goldberg also says water is generally the best way to stay hydrated versus a sports drink, Too many sports drinks can cause dehydration.