As Stateliners Prepare for Hot Weekend, Experts Advise to Proceed With Caution

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We wait for warmer weather all year long, but experts are saying proceed with caution.

The heat can bring with it some very serious dangers for you and your loved ones, including our four-legged friends.

With highs expected to be in the 90’s this weekend, the stateline will get a preview of the dog days of summer.

Doctors are warning us to take extra precautions when the temperatures start to get higher.

“We were waiting for summer, we had a long winter this year, so we want to enjoy summer safely,” said OSF family Physician Dr. Martine Schultheis. “So it’s important, because you want to be enjoying it safely.”

Dr. Schultheis says if you’re not careful, the fun in the sun could turn into a medical emergency.

“It can also be lethal and harmful if someone stays out in the sun too long, and their body temperature increases up  to 104 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Schultheis. “And that can lead to heat stroke, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion.”

And don’t forget our furry friends!

Alma Ledesma works at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary.

She says never to leave your dog in the car, even with the windows open.

“Even if you are in 85 degree temperature, within 10 minutes, that temperature can raise up to 102 degrees-and that’s even with just the windows down,” said Ledesma. “And within 30 minutes at that same temperature, it can get up to 120 degrees.”

She says keeping your pets in cool shaded areas, and walking them at sunset can keep them safe.

For your less hairy family members, it’s suggested they wearing loose clothing, try to stay in cooler areas, and most importantly, stay hydrated.

Doctor Schultheis says if someone you know is suffering from heat related symptoms, get them inside, and apply ice packs to the groin and under arm areas.

If that doesn’t work, go to the emergency room immediately.

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