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Stay safe when planning outdoor activities


JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Being out in the hot summer sun can take a lot of out of you, especially the amount of water in your body. It's important to look for signs of dehydration while spending hours outside.

Dr. Skip Baker with NEA Baptist said signs consist of weakness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and intense headaches. People who spend majority of their time indoors tend to be the most at risk because their body is not used to the heat.

However, it's not to say those who work outdoors are not capable of dehydration. Lifeguard, Zoe Ungerank, is extra careful when she is out in the heat.

"I carry water with me all the time, "she said. "I'm constantly filling up when I get a break."

With just a few weeks into summer the hospital has seen certain ages coming in with cases of dehydration.

"We are especially seeing it with the elderly and young children," said Dr. Baker.

Paying attention to the warning signs can save you a trip to the emergency room. Dr. Baker suggests going indoors or finding a shaded spot if you  start to feel dizzy or light-headed.

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