PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG / WECP) – As temperatures rise, Panama City Beach Fire Chief Ray Morgan says calls for heat incidents are doing the same.
“We get a lot of dehydration calls and heat-related emergency calls. So being Florida and a tourist destination, we’re still getting calls, but we expect the call volume to increase, ”Morgan said.
Heat exhaustion is caused by exposure to high temperatures, especially when combined with high humidity and intense physical activity.
Beach Safety director Wil Spivey said symptoms of heat exhaustion can include people who are irritable, nauseous and unconscious.
“They can eventually stop sweating if it’s taken too far and it can actually lead to heat stroke, which is super dangerous, we take it very seriously,” Spivey said.
Spivey wants to remind people to stay hydrated, bring an umbrella, and watch their time in the sun. Heat exhaustion can happen suddenly and in some cases people can die from it.
“If you’re out in those temperatures, this time of year here the weather really works against you, especially if you’re at the beach all day. Drinking alcohol on top of this can also harm you. we’re just encouraging people to take care of themselves, stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and seek shelter where possible, ”Spivey said.
While officials want everyone to have fun outdoors and at the beach, they care more about everyone staying safe in the sun.
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