Dehydration biggest issue on July 4th

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There's plenty of potential for dangerous accidents on July 4, from fireworks to traffic accidents. But first responders say the biggest issue they deal with on Independence Day is dehydration.

With temperatures flirting with the 100 degree mark, EMTs say it's easy to lose track of how long you've been in the Sun, and don't realize how much water you've lost.

"You're out here in the Sun, you don't think about your body's needs," said beachgoer Sheila Gould. She'd stayed on the beach almost all day, and says she's aware of the dangers.

"You need to drink lots of water," Gould said. "But avoid ice water. That can actually bring your body temperature down too much."

Paramedics and police say when it gets hot, people need to drink lots of water, duck into air conditioned buildings or find a shady spot, and make sure they're eating throughout the day as well.

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