Medical experts offer tips for staying healthy in the heat

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - All across Northwest Ohio, people are ready to enjoy the warm weekend weather.

"The kids spend a lot of time outside," said Gustavo Defraga of Maumme. "They play. Water balloon fights, you know, and a lot of pool time."

Defraga and his family got a head start on the fun Friday at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee.

With temps expected to sizzle well into the 90's over the next three days, Defraga says he's looking for ways to keep himself and his kids cool.

"We have some plans to go to the pool—hit the pool—and the park and try to keep ourselves a little cool, you know?," said Defraga.

Despite the best efforts of parents and others, doctors say people still wind up in the emergency room with heat-related illness.

"When you're out there playing and having a good time you forget about that," said ProMedica Nurse Practitioner Kimberly Webber.

Webber says signs of heat illness include dizziness, fatigue and nausea.

She says the best thing to do when someone shows symptoms is gradually cool them down.

"Bring them in the house—somewhere that's cooler—start re-hydrating them," said Webber. "You can put ice packs in their armpits, groin area. Sometimes just a water bottle, spray mist will help with things as well."

While you may want to reach for your favorite beverage, Webber says water is the best way to go as sugary and alcoholic drinks can worsen dehydration.

"Water keeps the balance of everything that we need," said Webber. "It's the number one part of what our body is made of, what it functions on. Water is the best thing to keep us hydrated."

Experts also recommend taking regular breaks out of the sun when you can.

We're told it's also good to carry a water bottle with you so you're reminded to hydrate.