QUINCY (WGEM) – Local ambulance crews remain busy with heat-related emergencies.

Indian Mounds Pool officials say more than 200 people pass each hot day.

And while a dip in the pool might feel refreshing, local lifeguards say it doesn’t save you from heat exhaustion. Lifeguard Grayden Ginster said they see their share of heat exhaustion at the pool.

Adams County Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations Alex Ussery said he’s seen a slight increase in heat-related calls over the past month.

“Over the past 30 days, we’ve seen about 8 heat exhaustions,” Ussery said. “8 that were identified as heat exhaustion, and the previous 60 days there were about 4 or 5 of us.”

Ussery said rescuers are being prepared for warmer days. He said they stay busy on days like summer festivals.

“That way we can maybe help identify something early on that could be a potential problem and we could intervene earlier before someone has to be taken to hospital,” Ussery said.

Ginster said he urges people to drink plenty of water, use sunscreen and protect themselves from the sun. Like they do as lifeguards working all day at the pool.

“Normally I take a break every hour to make sure I drink at least one cup or one bottle of water,” Ginster said.

Recreation programs director Kyle Jacoby says they make sure lifeguards have on-call breaks every 10 to 15 minutes.

“That way we keep them hydrated and rotating,” Jacoby.

Ussery has some simple tips for dealing with heat exhaustion. Get into a cool environment and stay hydrated.

Heat exhaustion can happen quickly and lead to heat stroke. Signs to watch out for include muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness, and rapid breathing. If you think someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, call 9-1-1.

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