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Tips for staying safe on hot, humid days

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thousands of people end up in the hospital each year with heat-related problems and about 650 deaths from extreme heat could be prevented.

With dangerously high heat and humidity expected this week, people should avoid heat exhaustion, heat stroke or other problems by doing the following:

∎ Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

∎ Find a place that is air conditioned and spend the hottest part of the day there.

∎ Drink water throughout the day, but be careful not to over-hydrate, also known as “water intoxication.” People should drink about a half of a cup of water every 20 minutes if participating in outdoor activities.

∎ Never leave a child or pet in a parked car.

∎ Avoid alcohol.

∎ Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.

∎ Wear a hat if you are in the sun.

∎ Check on older or sick neighbors.

People most at risk are seniors, children, the poor, those with pre-existing medical conditions, athletes and laborers.

Some of the signs of heat stroke include fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, and hot skin that won’t sweat.

Some of the signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist skin, headache, dizziness and nausea.

— ANITA FRITZ

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