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As the Temperature Rises, Some Tips to Stay Safe

"Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency," the NWS says. "Summon emergency medical assistance or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal."

A pool may be the best spot to escape the heat. (Patch file photo)
A pool may be the best spot to escape the heat. (Patch file photo)
Breaking news: It's really hot.

And though we promised all winter not to complain about the warm weather once it finally arrived, we're all feeling the heat.

But it isn't just uncomfortable -- this kind of heat can be dangerous. Make sure you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and ways to keep it at bay.

Heat exhaustion has a number of symptoms, the National Weather Service says, including heavy sweating; weakness; cool, pale, clammy skin; weak pulse; possible muscle cramps; dizziness; nausea and vomiting; and fainting. It is possible that those suffering from heat exhaustion will have a normal temperature, the NWS says.

To treat, move the person to a cooler environment, the NWS says. Remove or loosen their clothing, and apply cool, wet cloths. Offer sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue water. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.

The more serious heat stroke can be identified by an altered mental state; possible throbbing headache; confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing; a high body temperature (106°F or higher); skin may be hot and dry, or patient may be sweating; rapid pulse; or possible unconsciousness, the NWS says.

"Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency," the NWS says. "Summon emergency medical assistance or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal."

A person suffering from heat stroke should not be given fluids, the NWS says.

To stay safe in this high heat, make sure to wear cool, loose clothing and to stay out of the sun. Drink plenty of fluids, the NWS says, even if you don't feel thirsty. Children and seniors particularly should spend time in the coolest place available to them, the NWS says.

Stay cool and safe.

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