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Temperatures near triple digits, stay safe in heat

Experts say the heat can be extremely dangerous for children and the elderly. Experts say the heat can be extremely dangerous for children and the elderly.
According to Dr. Hall dogs like humans can have heat strokes in extreme heat. According to Dr. Hall dogs like humans can have heat strokes in extreme heat.
COLUMBUS, GA -

Accordingto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people dieevery year from extreme heat. Temperatures have been in the low to mid 90s formost days this week, but by this weekend, we could see the heat rising to over100 degrees.

"Youneed to drink lots of water. You don't want to drink alcoholic beverages oroverly sugary beverages and that type thing," said Ed Saidla, with theWest Central Health District.

Saidla says if you have to gooutside, you need to take precautions. "You want to take breaks as much aspossible. You should wear light colored clothing that is loose fitting so thatyou get some air movement, and it helps reflect some of the heat back off."

Also,when you are outside, you need to watch for signs of heat exhaustion like heavysweating weakness, cold, pale, clammy skin, fast and weak pulse, nausea or vomiting,and fainting. 

Heat stroke symptoms are highbody temperature, hot, red, dry or moist skin, rapid pulse, and possibleunconsciousness. Experts say the heat can be extremely dangerous for childrenand the elderly. They suggest checking on elderly family members or neighborsseveral times during hot days to make sure they are okay.

Saidlaalso says to never leave your child unattended in your car. "Even justrunning in the store for just a second with a child in the car, anytime of theyear is extremely dangerous, but in heat like this it can be deadly."

Beinglocked in a car can be just as dangerous for your pets.  Doctor Hank Hallwith Northside Animal Hospital in Columbus says during a 70 degree day outsidetemperatures inside your car can rise to 150 degrees in minutes.

Hallsays dogs like humans can have heat strokes in extreme heat. "Symptoms arethe constant hassling and panting with the tongue hanging out. The dog pantingand just doesn't seem to catch up. It's like if we were to run a mile out hereand just trying to get your wind back."

Ifyour dog has those symptoms, Hall says you need to act quickly and call yourveterinarian.

"You want to get them insome cool water and some wet towels.  Put a towel over him to get histemperature down," said Hall.

To help your pet beat the heat,give them plenty of fresh water, take walks during the coolest time of the day,and provide shade for outdoor pets.

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