GREEN BAY - People all across Northeast Wisconsin headed outside for the first real taste of summer this weekend.
But, health professionals want to remind you to take care of yourself when it's hot out and take care of your pets.
On Sunday, Melissa Garcia prepped her son for a day of fun at Bay Beach.
"Putting on some sunscreen, it's going to be a really hot day," she said, as she rubbed sunscreen on her son's little arms.
But emergency room physicians say in the battle to keep heat stroke at bay, sunscreen just skims the surface.
"First signs of being too hot is getting profusely sweaty. When that starts to dry up and there isn't any sweat, that's when we start to get more nervous. When you start seeing signs of mental status changes, like confusion, or people saying inappropriate things, that should raise some red flags," said Dr. Al Salmi.
Dr. Salmi is an emergency room physician at St. Mary's Hospital. He says small children and the elderly are especially susceptible to heat stroke.
He says it's important for everyone to stay hydrated.
If you can, stay in the shade or go into an air-conditioned area if you start feeling ill.
Dr. Salmi says fans work well, too, as does taking a dip in a cool pool.
While these kids made a splash on Sunday, pet lovers say it's also important to keep your furry friends cool when it heats up.
Playful pups hit the beach at the Winnebago Community Park in Oshkosh. It was all part of a fundraiser for area dog parks.
Just like their human companions, pet experts say your pet needs plenty of shade, rest and fluids when it's hot out.
"Please, do not leave your pets in the car. With the heat and the humidity, within a few minutes your vehicle can become an oven," said Michelle Kennedy, the president of the Friends of Winnebago Dog Parks group.
Doctors say it's important to not leave your children in the car as well.
Physicians also recommend checking frequently on children and the elderly to make sure they're doing okay.
As for this mom, she says she came ready for all that summer weather can bring.
"Today I packed cold packs, cold juice, water, some snacks and lots of sunscreen. Stay prepared!" said Garcia.
Doctors say even temperatures in the mid-80s can cause the young, the elderly and people with certain respiratory conditions to fall ill.
So if you have a loved one or neighbor who lives alone, it might be a good idea to check on them this week.
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