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Jul 14, 2011 3:16 PM

Summer heat safety tips

TUCSON - We could be in for more scorching temperatures this week, and Northwest Fire is reminding you that high temperatures can pose health hazards, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat exhaustion is basically dehydration and salt loss. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, weakness, and throwing up. If this happens, get the victim out of the sun as soon as possible. Have the victim sip salt water every 15 minutes.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency. Symptoms include a temperature frequently 105 or higher, hot, red, dry skin, rapid pulse and possible unconsciousness.

In order to prevent these situations, Northwest Fire says limit your activity in the heat. They also say protect your skin from the sun and wear light-colored clothes.

Drink plenty of fluids and if you plan to head out into the desert, have plenty of water and let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.

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