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Appleton Fire Department warns of heat-related illnesses

Posted: 7:26 PM, May 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-27 00:53:24-04

Many in Northeast Wisconsin are relieved that summer has finally arrived, just in time for the holiday weekend. With this hot weather, however, comes the danger of heat related illnesses. 

At the Panthers Baseball Memorial Day Classic, many relaxed and took in some baseball

"It's really nice. We're tanning and we get to see some nice quality baseball and hang out with some friends and family," said Jessica Mattes. 

Northeast Wisconsin’s nightmarish April is in the rearview mirror. 

"Well I tell you what, going from a blizzard a couple weeks ago to this is quite a change, but we'll take it," said Mike Suttner.

"It feels nice. There's a lot more to do outside and I like the warm weather better than all the snow and cold that we've been having lately," said Maddi Lambie. 

But with this warm weather, Appleton firefighters say the possibility of heat stroke and heat exhaustion becomes a real issue.  

"Be cautious and monitor people because they're not used to it and we need to adapt to this weather," said Ryan Weyers, Appleton Fire battalion chief. 

Firefighters say the best way to avoid heat related issues is to stay cool if you can and also to stay hydrated.

“When it's warm like this, being from Wisconsin and the north, we tend to sweat when the weather gets warm real quickly because we're not used to this temperature. So it's very important to replenish those fluids and make sure that you're staying on your hydration,” said Weyers.

Firefighters say alcohol contributes to dehydration, so if you have an adult beverage or two in the sun this weekend, they say to be sure to drink a couple waters as well.

Symptoms of heat stroke include dizziness, fatigue and shallow breathing, according to the mayo clinic. 

The clinic says if you see someone experiencing these symptoms, try to cool them down, give them water and call 911.