Excessive heat is a concern across the region in days ahead

Drew DeHaven

Excessive heat is expected in the coming days with many fire companies and rescue personnel reminding people to protect themselves.

The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) reminds us the body can become dehydrated rather quickly in the heat that is expected.

Dehydration is one of the most common illnesses this time of year.

Try to avoid the hottest parts of the day and be sure to take in plenty of water.

Dry mouth, dry skin, excessive sweating or no sweat and dizziness are some of the warning signs to be aware of.

Should any of those conditions become apparent remove yourself from the heat and drink room temperature water slowly.

Room temperature water will help the body rehydrate better than the shock of ice-cold water or ice.

Also, sunscreen is highly recommended along with proper attire to protect yourself from sunburn according to WFRD.

The hot July and August sun especially causes sunburn quickly.

Along with sunscreen, proper clothing covering, hats and sunglasses are recommended for proper protection.

It is important to take proper precautions as sunburn can prevent the body from releasing heat.

Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours for long periods of time in the hot summer sun.

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