With temperatures forecasted to be in the nineties this Memorial Day weekend, local health experts are reminding citizens to keep their cool.
Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said recognizing the signs of heat stroke is the important thing.
Whitacre reminds people to never leave children or pets in cars-- even with the windows cracked.
Whitacre also advises the following to those who will be outdoors this weekend:
Wear loose and light-colored clothing-- darker and heavier clothes will absorb and capture more heat.
Drink lots of water-- Whitacre said those who exercise in the heat need to drink nearly a quart of water every hour to stay hydrated.
Wear sunscreen-- Whitacre said sunburns prevent the body from sweating, and the risk of skin cancer doubles if you're burned three or more times.
And, check on the elderly-- people 65 or older and those with chronic medical conditions are less likely to respond to to changes in temperature.