Paramedics busy as temperatures rise in Lincoln

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

Paramedic responded to calls all day Thursday of people passing out from the heat, the heat index reaching 115 degrees.

They say it’s important to plan ahead and drink lots of water when temperatures get this high, and that, even if you think you can take the heat, you still need to be careful.

"Everybody is affected a little differently by the heat," said Lincoln Fire and Rescue Captain Bob Watton.

"Whether you’re elderly, working outside – obviously you need to drink a lot of water. If you’re working at a moderate rate outside (it’s recommended) you drink a cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t wait until you get thirsty – then it’s too late."
Captain Watton also stressed the importance of replenishing your electrolytes after being outdoors or exercising.

With the heat projected to last throughout the week, he said it’s a good idea to limit your time in the sun, as the prolonged exposure takes a toll on your body.