Staying safe in the extreme heat

Medford, Ore. — We’ve hit 100 degrees or more every day in August, and 9 times so far this year. No matter your age, the extreme heat can take a toll on your body. But doctors say there are steps you can take to stay safe.

On a hot day like Thursday, the Hawthorne Park splash pad is a lot more desirable than the playground. For kids, keeping cool on a day like this, doesn’t mean they have to stay inside, and experts agree.

“It’s totally okay to be outside in the heat,” nurse practitioner Whitney Serafini of Providence Medical Center says, ” just so long as you’re listening to your body.

And while physicians say it’s okay to be outside, no one should be left inside a vehicle.

Hiking, working out, and other strenuous activity should be limited to the cooler hours of the day. If you’re planning to be outside for more than a few minutes doctors recommend you bring at least 1 liter of water.

“The thing is just making sure you’re drinking enough,” Physician Assistant, Luke Amuchastegi says.

Newborns are especially vulnerable because they are not as adaptable to temperature change, and they can’t communicate how they’re feeling.

Regardless of age, if you’re showing signs of heat exhaustion it’s a good idea to contact your doctor. Click HERE for more information on staying safe in the heat.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

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