MISHAWAKA — Whether or not you feel the heat and humidity, it's taking a toll on your body.
Staying safe in the heat isn't easy, you have to make a conscious effort to prevent heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
It's all about hydration. And what you put into your body directly effects how your body handles the heat.
The sizzling summer sun has everyone trying their best to keep their cool.
"Stay in the water, stay in the water, do not stay outside in the hot too much," said mother Melissa Woodford.
But is this mom's theory right? Many people think they are going to be safe in the water, but experts say that is not the case.
“It’s giving you a false sense of security…” said Lt. Brian Linson from the Mishawaka Fire Department. He explained that direct sunlight and light reflected off the ground can still affect people trying to cool off in something like a splash pad.
Linson said many people think they are invincible when it comes to surviving in the scorching temperatures.
"They just think they can take it and cut the grass, paint the house and dig in the garden," he said.
But doing your everyday chores in this heat wave could land you in the hospital.
Linson said if your skin becomes red or if it's hot to the touch, take cover inside air-conditioning immediately.
"When you stop sweating, that's a bad sign, that’s heat stroke," he said.
Prevention is key
Whether you are working or playing outside, experts say to drink water every 15 to 20 minutes — especially when it's over 90 degrees.
And don’t replace water with pop and sugary iced drinks.
"The sugar and the caffeine in pop and in diet pop is not very good for you, especially when it's this hot out there,” said Linson.
Those sugary iced drinks and ice creams actually dehydrate your body faster. Experts say alcohol does the same thing, and that is why they recommend sticking with water.
You are supposed to drink eight 8oz. glasses a day. But in this heat, Lt. Linson said to double that amount.
The Mishawaka Fire Department responded to less than five heat-related calls on Monday.