Drink water, get shade, avoid alcohol and energy drinks

The heat index is expected to reach 100 in Lincoln on Sunday

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – This weekend is expected to be the hottest of the year, with a triple-digit heat index on Sunday.

Lincoln Fire & Rescue Captain Curt Faust said he’s noticed an increase in heat-related medical calls this time of year.

It provides two to three transports per day. “And it will last about a week until people get used to the heat,” Faust said.

LFR captain Daren Merryman said he had fielded more heat-related calls than he could count in his 22 years of service.

“[Patients are] very exhausted, tired, muscle cramps, nausea, headaches, I don’t usually feel well,” he said.

Faust said: “When we have someone who has been exposed to heat, when they pass out, they have a high heart rate, it’s a real medical emergency and they need to be taken to hospital.”

Alcoholic beverages and energy drinks can exacerbate extreme heat damage because they dehydrate your body.

“We now live in a society where we drink a lot of energy drinks, coffee, caffeine, that sort of thing,” Merryman said.

Faust added: “If you mix alcohol with that and intense exertion, physical exertion, it makes the problem worse.”

So what can you do to beat the heat? Faust and Merryman say it’s important to drink plenty of water and spend time in the shade.

“If they can sip water throughout the day, they always have something to drink, which in itself helps,” Faust said.

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