BOISE -- Summer is definitely here, as Boise hit it's first 100 degree day of the year Wednesday evening, and we can only expect more 100 degree days as we get into the heart of the hottest time of year.

Area doctors are urging you to take precautions to make sure you stay out of the hospital on those very hot days.

Summer brings a wide range of injuries to emergency room doctors.

We get sunburns. That's one level of an injury that you can get, said ER doctor, Dr. John Epperson. But if they spend enough time in the sun, they can get dehydration, and then eventually heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Epperson said there can be mental changes when you get heat stroke.

You can get confused, you can get into a little delirium, your body can actually go into shock as well, Epperson said.

Look for signs of trouble

If you start getting light-headed, dizzy, that's a higher level sign that you really have to be cautious about, and you really want to listen to those things, Epperson told KTVB

Here are some tips Epperson recommends to stay safe:

  • Bring things that will allow you to avoid direct contact with the sun
  • Bring enough liquid to extend through you entire trip, and then a little bit more so you'll have a reserve

Epperson warns to be extra careful with kids and the elderly, as they are the hardest hit by the heat.

If you're taking care of yourself, that's one level of care, but if you're taking care of young children or have an elderly adult that is in your care, you're going to have to take care of them, and make sure that they're getting the proper things as well, said Epperson.

Epperson also said that if you feel thirsty, your body is telling you that you are already at a deficit of water, so make sure to drink fluids even if you don't feel very thirsty.

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