Paramedics and park officials offer advice for heat wave

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From the sight of hot benches, forecasts this week call for sunny with a chance of heat exhaustion. According to local fire departments, more similarities fall between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Paramedics recommend the public to be prepared, knowing the signs for both.

“Exhaustion is the first level where are you are sweating profusely you can become nauseated, confused, and you know that it’s time to take a break and probably get some water,” Kenyon Hendricks informs, “If you don’t, and you continue out in the sun and getting hotter and hotter, then you can go into heat stroke. That’s when the body actually stops producing sweat; you become more confused, nauseated, and it’s actually, at that point, a serious life threat.”

“Having a stroke or exhausted from the heat in your day in the sun just make sure you’re have on loose clothing, stay hydrated, and have lots of sunscreen,” Cora Dickey reports.

Wherever your day in the sun is spent, it doesn’t have to leave you burning up. If you’re heading towards nature, Colorado Parks and Wildlife have a tool to help you beat the heat.

Available online and for your device, the Colorado Trail Explorer, or COTREX, is an extra guide preparing you for the hike or bike day in multiple ways.

“All the trails in Colorado will show a little green line over parts of the trail,” Travis Duncan describes, “You can dig in there and see where you actually have tree cover, which could be good information if you’re gonna be hiking on a really hot day.”

If you or someone is about to be exhausted or have a stroke from the heat, the best recommendations from experts is to move out of the heat wherever possible, cool down, and call 911.

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