HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - As the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry remain under a heat advisory, you need to be mindful of any outdoor activity - especially if you're going to the beach.
WTOC's Jarvis Roberson spent Wednesday at Coligny Beach, gathering heat safety tips for those who plan to lay out in the sand.
Between 1 p.m.-5 p.m. is considered to be the hottest time of the day, so if you and your family are making plans to go to the beach, you may consider going outside of that timeframe. While we're under a heat advisory, it's best to take it easy with outdoor activity. During times like this, heat cramps, exhaustion, and stroke chances increase.
Just so you can understand the seriousness of the advisory, we spoke with a beach patroller who was experiencing some nausea and dizziness from being out in the sun. It's important to remember to drink plenty of water, Gatorade or Powerade to keep your strength up.
We asked Shore Services about the typical responses they get when responding to calls on the beach.
"Most of the time, the people that we're talking to, at that point we're not even talking to the victim, we're talking to the family members, and the biggest things I hear is they didn't eat breakfast this morning, they haven't been drinking water. Those sorts of things are the biggest things," said Mike Wagner, Operations Manager, Shore Services. "I think the big thing people need to remember is drink lots of water."
People going to the beach are there to relax and have a good time, but don't overdo it.
"A lot of time the people that do end up suffering heat exhaustion really haven't eaten anything during the day," Wagner said.
Lots of folks had tents up on the beach. When we asked one beach-goer if it was too hot for her, she said: "no, because I've got some shade."
The people we spoke to Wednesday didn't seem too worried about the heat advisory, but they aren't just ignoring it - especially those who have little ones.
"We just came from a shade break. These guys are keeping us honest because they need the heat relief more than I do, personally," said visitor, David Riley.
"Plenty of bottles of water, a tent, and spending our time in the water keeping cool, making sure we're going in when it feels a little too hot out here," said Adam Sampieri, visitor.
"Know your body," Wagner advises.
Shore Services says they haven't responded to any heat-related calls Wednesday.