Experts warn of heat-related health problems as temperatures rise

by: Peter Daut Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As temperatures rise, so does the chance of becoming ill for those who are outside.

Hundreds of kids take part in South Charlotte's Harris YMCA summer camp, including 12-year-old Connor Roche. He said last year, he suddenly suffered from heat exhaustion. Now, he's ready.

"I drink water and Gatorade," Roche said.

The camp makes sure that kids stay hydrated, and get plenty of time in the shade.

"Of our day, 60 percent of the time they're either inside or in a shaded area so they're not in direct sunlight," Camp director John Weeks said.

At Presbyterian Hospital, doctors said they have already treated a handful of people for heat exhaustion.  So far this week, Medic has been dispatched to three heat-related calls, one with life-threatening injuries.

Although there's no one size fits all solution, doctors said you should go inside to cool down the moment you start to feel dizzy.