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Staying Safe in the Heat

As temperatures rise, make sure you avoid the dangerous consequences of excessive heat.

The American Red Cross advises you to stay hydrated, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

If you aren't prepared for the hot weather, you could experience sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.

"Listen to what your body is telling you. If you're getting exhausted and tired, you may be getting heat exhaustion and you need to slow down.  Beyond heat exhaustion is heat stroke, when you stop sweating, you get very dry, and you get lightheaded," said Shelley Bierwiler of the American Red Cross.

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

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