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Doctors say limit activity outdoors in heat


MADISON (WKOW) -- Doctors say it's important to remember safety this week, as temperatures soar over 90 degrees.

The heat can be dangerous if you're out in it too long, but people in Madison are finding ways to cope with the uncomfortable conditions. 

The Goodman Pool was packed Tuesday afternoon, with families looking to stay cool. Others weren't afraid to continue their normal outdoor activities like biking, frisbee and basketball.

An emergency room physician at St. Mary's Hospital says on hot days, it's best to limit your time outdoors.

"I think the most important thing is to prevent problems from happening before they start. Things like staying in and not going outside to start with is good, if you're going out in the sun-- staying hydrated, using sunscreen, taking rests," says Dr. Christian Rickman.

For people like construction workers, who have no choice but to be outside in the heat for hours, remembering those safety tips, like staying hydrated and taking it easy, is more important than ever.

"[We] drink a lot of water, try to take a break every once in a while, still get stuff done, but you don't want to pass out or anything while you're working," says Patrick Borskie, a construction worker.

No matter how hot it gets, construction work isn't often canceled. Crews try to beat the heat by starting earlier in the day when it's not as hot, and bringing coolers full of water to stay hydrated.

Rickman says the hospital hasn't seen too many cases of heat-related illness yet, but he reminds people to look out for signs of heat exhaustion-- dizziness, fainting, confusion.

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