The Treasure Valley saw record setting temperatures on Wednesday; temperatures reaching close to triple digits. Ada County Paramedics are warning if you're out in them too long, they can be deadly.
Paramedics says the single most important thing someone can do if they're out in the heat is drink plenty of water. They suggest a person drink 15-30 ounces an hour. Paramedics also suggest, people stay away from alcohol and caffeine, as both can cause dehydration.
Once the body becomes dehydrated, heat exhaustion can start to set in, which could lead to heat stroke, which in turn can lead to death.
"If you do start to feel yourself overheating, especially for those young children and elderly, a good thing to do as well is to get a cold towel and just pat the back of your neck down, just keep cool," Hadley Mayes with Ada County Paramedics said.
Some signs of heat exhaustion are: excessive thirst, weakness, and headaches.
Interfaith Sanctuary and the Boise Rescue Mission try to give those who stay with them water and sunscreen before they leave for the day, to help avoid any heat exhaustion.
Staff with a local homeless shelter say they actually see more health problems associated with the heat than they do with the cold during the winter. Tobias Hulse, a guest at Interfaith Sanctuary, says they do whatever they can to stay hydrated. He says they usually go to the Boise River or stay in the shaded or cool areas.
"Hang out at the library, hang out at the Corpus Christi House, go swimming, just basic stuff. There's not a whole lot, as a homeless individual there's not a whole lot we can do to get out of the heat or to get out of the sun," Hulse said.
The heat is not only hard on people, but also pets. Veterinarians say one of the most common reasons they see dogs or cats overheat is because they're left outside in the sun unattended for too long or they've been left in a car.
Dr. Reed Linenberger with Habitat Veterinary Hospital says when temperatures are in the 90s it takes just 15-20 minutes inside a hot car for a dog to suffer a heatstroke and potentially die. He added that many times people will take their animals out on runs during these hot days.
He advises people to do those when the temperatures are cooler, for instance in the morning or late at night. However, if you do go during the day there are some things you can do to help prevent them from overheating.
"You can cool them down by wetting their fur before they go, wetting their paws, and then if you do find your animal is in heat stroke or experiencing heat stroke, the best way to treat it is to try and cool them down slowly so give them a little bit of water, place a wet towels on them cool their paws," Linenberger said.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to pavement and your dog's paws is to hold you hand or bare foot to the ground for 10 seconds. If it's too hot for you, then it's too hot for your dog.