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Workers beat the heat with water

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Temperatures soaring into the nineties and feeling more like a hundred can be dangerous if you ignore the signs and symptoms of a heat emergency.

It doesn't take much in heat like this to fill emergency rooms with calls for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In fact, just yesterday, one of Joe Holtschlag's crew members paid a visit to the ER when he came down with the symptoms himself.. It wasn't even 8AM.

"He had had water but maybe not quite enough and he didn't stop and go to the shade like he thought he should but you gotta use your own judgement on that."

Which is why Holtschlag says he takes it seriously.

"We've had several people have heat exhaustion and once you see it, it bothers you," said Holtschlag. "Their consciousness is in and out and it just scares you."

Doctors say it doesn't have to break a hundred degrees to suffer a heat emergency.

Associate Professor with SIU School of Medicine Dr. Joseph Kim says it can build up over a period of several days.

"Heat stroke is when you have a rise in body temperature along with the CNS (Central Nervous System) symptoms including irritability, confusion, or passing out," said Kim.

Kim says heat exhaustion is basically a pre curser to heat stroke so you may not feel the full force of CNS changes.

If you or someone you know starts experiencing any of these symptoms, Kim says it's time to get to get out, get in the shade or in the air conditioning and drink plenty of water and maybe even seek emergency medical attention.

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