JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Power outages and this heat is not a good mix, especially on days with the heat index in the 100s. However, taking a splash in the pool can cool you down, but there are dangers.
If you are in a pool, you may not recognize how much you are sweating. Bart Hagston, the Director of Environmental Health at Jackson County Health said. "You may not recognize how much you are sweating, how much dehydration is going on in your body, so no matter what you are doing outside today, make sure you are staying hydrated."
With the hot and humid temps like today, Hagston reminds everyone of three key words: Water, Rest and Shade.
He suggests drinking 8oz of water every 15 minutes, or a whole bottle of water every 30 minutes.
In addition, Hagston says it's a good thing to sweat because your body is doing its job, but remember to prehydrate and drink water continuously.
Due to the power outages throughout the Heartland, the Carbondale Super Splash Park is closed. One group of young girls ready to swim say even though days like today are good for swimming, it's important to drink water they say.
"Yesterday it stormed and today it's kind of humid so that makes it even worse really because the sun is like it's humid, you need to definitely stay hydrated," Yasmina Amley said.
Some of the signs of dehydration are when you stop sweating, you get headaches or even when there's severe cramping in your body.
Hagston says you can rotate sports drinks with water, but do not replace it water.