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May 21, 2012 9:14 PM

Tips to prevent heat exhaustion

TUCSON-Even with a heat advisory in effect, some people are walking to work.

They said they have no other choice.

James Newhert was walking up a hill near Ventana Trailhead to get to work.

He said his work is three miles away, and to prevent overheating, he said he will change into his work clothes when he gets there.

For now, he's wearing a hat, tank top and shorts to bare the heat and drinking plenty of water.

To prevent heat exhaustion, the Rural/Metro Fire Department advises people to drink plenty of water: two or three liters a day, wear light, loose-fitting clothing because it will cool off your body better, know how long you will be in the sun, so that you don't over-expose yourself, and pay attention to your body.

They suggest if you feel dizzy or lightheaded, sit down, rest, and drink fluids

If you don't feel any better, call 911.

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