Preventing heat stroke during the heat wave

GREEN BAY, Wis. People in Northeast Wisconsin are finding ways to cool off from the weekend's heat and humidity, but with the heat wave continuing into the Fourth of July holiday, heat stroke is a concern, especially in an area where we aren’t necessarily used to this type of heat.

People enjoy the outdoors on Green Bay's 'City Deck' on Sunday

On Sunday people visiting Green Bay’s City Deck used the splash pad and stayed in the shade to enjoy the outdoors while trying to keep cool.

"It's been a cooker with the heat coming through, but it's definitely nice to get out while it's a little cooler and the city deck has the fountains so it's great,” said Rob Wurm, who visited City Deck with his friends.

"We wanted to come somewhere cool with the splash pad for our son, we picked up some food and it's perfect because this is actually in the shade so it's starting out well. It's pretty hot out here so it's nice to cool down and let him run around too," said City Deck visitors, Diane and Mark Ginnow.

The heat continues this week for the Fourth of July, and with temperatures near the 90's, doctors want people to know the symptoms of heat stroke.

"That's when your body core temperature hits about 104 degrees Fahrenheit, you can see people like get confused, maybe not acting themselves or being bizarre, their heart rate goes up, respiratory rate goes up, they might get nauseous or a really bad headache, those are all symptoms that you're probably suffering from heat stroke," said Dr. Paul Pritchard, an Internal Medicine Physician at Prevea Health.

Those experiencing symptoms of heat stroke are advised to move to a place with air conditioning immediately and drink water. Doctors also say to mist and fan yourself or keep a cool washcloth on the neck or head. If symptoms get worse, go to the emergency room or dial 911.

Doctors say you can prevent heat stroke by wearing loose clothing, staying out of the heat and drinking plenty of fluids, but be careful which fluids you're putting in.

"You know alcohol specifically will cause you to lose more fluid and in combination with medications that a lot of people are on, it’ll decrease the ability for your body to deal with the heat," said Dr. Michael Hartmann, Emergency Medicine Physician for BayCare Clinic.

Those with respiratory and heart conditions should be mindful of this week’s heat wave. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to heat stroke symptoms.