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Duluth Fire Department says to stay hydrated during hot weather

Updated: July 03, 2020 06:48 PM

It has been a hot couple of days in the Northland, which is why the Duluth Fire Department is reminding folks to stay hydrated and to keep other important hot weather safety tips in mind.

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The Duluth Fire Department station six Capt. Rob Morehouse said on a hot day you can get sunburnt fast, which is why reapplying sunblock with an SPF of 50 or over is highly recommended. Also, watch for signs and symptoms of dehydration.

If you're feeling nauseous, dizzy, lightheaded, or if your skin starts getting red and overly sweaty, it's important to get out of the sun. Morehouse said if the signs are serious, to seek medical attention.

"When you see those signs and symptoms coming, one of the best things you can do is seek shade and to get your clothes a little wet so that whatever breeze there can help cool you down with that dampness," said Morehouse.

Morehouse alo said to make sure you're drinking water or an electrolyte and eating food, which is a good combination to keep you hydrated.

The fire department has noted an increase in emergency calls related to dyhydration, especially for the elderly population.

Lastly, Morehouse said to make sure when you're out and about enjoying the hot weather to carry water, a hat, sunglasses, or an umbrella for the beach to have some shade protecting you as well.

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