ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- With temperatures consistently warming into the 90s so far this summer, heat exhaustion is a serious threat to anyone who goes outside.
Heat exhaustion can occur anytime you're in warm weather. It happens when your body gets too hot and struggles to cool itself down. Common symptoms are dizziness, excessive sweating and rise in body temperature.
In extreme cases, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, when your body temperature begins to near 104 degrees.
The people who are the most at-risk are young children under four years old, and adults over the age of 65.
Many people think when they start to feel symptoms, the best solution is to drink cold water immediately. While this is true, Albemarle Fire and Rescue official Tyler Dean says there are more precautionary steps that can be taken to avoid heat exhaustion.
"A common misconception is people can drink water all day and feel good, and once they start to feel a little overheated, usually by that time it's a little too late. You need to hydrate the night before, if not the day before," he said.
If you find yourself experiencing heat exhaustion, Dean says to leave the sun immediately, apply cold water to the neck, and monitor your symptoms. If symptoms persist for more than an hour, call 911 immediately.