It’s super hot outside, so stay safe in this heat

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Heat advisories are in effect for most of the state throughout the week, and the National Weather Service is warning residents how much danger it and humidity can pose.

Expect highs in the 90s. Staying in the heat without the proper precautions can lead to sunburn, dehydration or even heat stroke or death.

Here’s how you can stay cool:

  • Stay hydrated. If you’re out in the sun for long periods of time, drink something with electrolytes in addition to water
    • Don’t drink alcohol
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight protective clothing and sunglasses
  • Limit your time outside if you can, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke include:

  • High body temperature (above 104 degrees)
  • Altered mental state or behavior including confusion, slurred speech or delirium
  • A lack of sweat or flushed skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid breathing or heart rate
  • Headache

If you think someone may be suffering from heatstroke, call 911 immediately and take action to cool them down by getting them into the shade and using water to help their temperature come down.