Warm weather warning: As temps heat up in Kansas City, extra safety measures are needed

Posted at 4:51 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 18:28:11-04

When the temperature heats up, so does the business at Car Clinic Auto Salon.

"We do about 10 or 12 cars on a real nice sunny day," said owner Ray Henson.

Rain, shine and scorching temps don't stop Henson from scrubbing, polishing, and cleaning the nooks and crannies of the cars at his Kansas City, Kansas car detailing shop.

In order to keep up with demand on this day, Henson will work more than 12 hours -- all out in the sun and without much of a break.

"You gotta know how to pace yourself," he said. "Keep fluids in you. Go hard but don't go too hard, and a lot of water, a lot of Gatorade, a lot of tea."

That's why doctors at Truman Medical Center say it's key to listen to your body.

"Once you feel thirsty you need, to be drinking because you are already dehydrated," said Dr. Jennifer McBride at Truman's Hospital Hill location.

"If you're starting to feel a little dizzy, you're not seeing as clearly, you are feeling mildly nauseous, you need to go inside and cool off and sip fluids," said the medical professional. "If you notice someone cannot walk, they are stumbling, they fainted or are unable to keep down fluids or are not sweating, that's when they need to go to the ER or call 911."

Aside from the dangers of dehydration, in temperatures like what we will see this week, your brain can actually become overheated, and that can lead to passing out, seizures, an even death.

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