Experts recommend plenty of water to prevent heat injuries

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Heat stroke and heat exhaustion send thousands of people to the emergency room every year. It’s a very dangerous situation, but it can be easily prevented.

Dr. Mary Emborsky, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, spoke about the symptoms of heat exhaustion, she said, “Feeling dizzy, feeling lightheaded, you start to get cramps in your belly, you might have some vomiting, some cramps in your legs, your skin might feel cool or clammy, maybe have some vomiting.”

If those symptoms are left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke.

Dr. Emborsky said, “You might notice more behavioral changes, you might get a really bad headache, you might even find it very hard to stay conscious, you may even see others who are very lethargic.”

At that point, Dr. Emborsky says you need to call 911 and move the person into a cool shaded area. But you can easily prevent this with water, and plenty of it. Adults need about 8 to 10 cups and children need about 6 to 8 cups a day. If you are not getting enough, your body will tell you.

“If you are not urinating and it’s been six hours, you know you’re probably getting dehydrated.”, said Dr. Emborsky

On a very hot day, the more water the better. But here’s the keyword: WATER, because sugary sports drinks can dehydrate you.

Madeline Baker of Buffalo said, “Well I am thinking I need to drink about three of these and this is about 90 ounces, and my goal is minimum about 64 and this is my gauge.”

Tony Butera of Hamburg said, “A day like today I would probably double what you normally have because of the heat and humidity, so they normally tell you 8 tall glasses, so I would say about 16.”

Dr. Emborsky also wanted to remind everyone that alcohol and energy drinks will dehydrate you, and that’s the last thing you need on hot day.

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