Doctors ask resident to keep cool during holiday celebrations

By WEEK Producer

July 4, 2013 Updated Jul 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- With all of the Fourth of July festivities and summer outdoor activities taking place, medical experts want to make sure you're staying safe in the hot temperatures.

Assistant Director of UnityPoint Health - Methodist, Dr. Jason Stringer said they typically see a spike in heat related injuries at this time of year.

Despite all of the holiday excitement, he said to make sure you remember to take care of yourself in heated situations.

"We are at the time of the year where we need to start worrying about heat related injuries. Having cool clothing, staying hydrated, and always having water with you helps. If you start feeling light headed or dizzy, find a nice place to cool off. If things persist, you really should seek treatment," said Dr. Jason Stringer of UnityPoint Health - Methodist.

Dr. Stringer adds to use plenty of sunscreen while outdoors and try to keep shaded with an umbrella if possible.