Know the signs of heat exhaustion as temperatures rise

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)–As you head outside, you may be practicing socially distancing to protect yourself from COVID-19, but are you protecting yourself from the sun?

The summer months bring along the threat of heat exhaustion if you spend too much time outdoors.

Medical experts say to look out for nausea, a rapid pulse, and a high body temperature as warning signs for heat exhaustion.

And if someone loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 and cool them off with some ice or cold water.

“Double check that your sunscreen is not expired, you want to use one that has an SPF of at least 30, broad spectrum with helioplex, and you want to make sure you’re applying it every two hours where you’re outside,” said Jessica Boland, Worksite Wellness Consultant for Gundersen Health System.

It’s also recommended to take breaks in the shade, if you can.