EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Across the Chippewa Valley people are cranking up the air conditioning and hitting the water to stay cool in the midst of a heat wave.
While the hot temperatures may provide some summer fun the heat can be dangerous for people working and playing outside and left in cars.
WEAU 13 News talked to a local emergency room doctor Wednesday about the dangers of summer heat.
Dr. Joseph Williams is an emergency room physician at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
He said most of the people who come in are suffering from heat exhaustion; over doing it by exercising or working outside in the extreme temperatures.
“It can be detrimental very fast,” Dr. Williams said.
But Dr. Williams said it can also happen inside your house when doing chores in the heat.
“You don’t realize you lose a lot of fluids when you sweat and if you’re not replacing it you can get dehydrated pretty easily,” Dr. Williams said.
He said the elderly can be more prone to heat strike.
“If somebody who’s very athletic or younger has a mild degree of dehydration their heart is able to beat a lot faster, unfortunately as we age we start to lose those abilities,” Dr. Williams said.
Dr. Williams said it’s also dangerous if children and adults are left in a car in extreme temperatures.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 33 children under the age of 13 died in the United States in 2011 after being left in hot cars.
On sizzling summer days, the doctor recommends finding a cool place to rest, drinking lots of water and avoiding mixing alcohol and sun.
WEAU talked to tubers hitting the Chippewa River Wednesday after who said they’re aware of the dangers of dehydration.
“Got to make sure you're not drinking too much on the river, always making sure everyone is safe, just checking up on everybody,” said Alex Pade, a tuber from Eau Claire.