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How to identify a heat-related injury

(WTVM) - No one is immune to heat-related injuries, no matter how much time you spend outdoors. 

Signs to look for to avoid a heat stroke or organ failure include nausea, dizziness, cramps, or if the skin is dry or if you stop sweating.  

Any of these symptoms can signal the onset of a heat-related injury.

"Get inside the AC as quickly as possible, cold compacts, wet clothes, take a cool shower, anything to lower their body temperature as quickly as possible," advised Dr. Jim McVay with the Alabama Department of Public Health. 

You're also encouraged to handle yard work or exercise early in the morning, and if you can't avoid the heat, drink plenty of fluids before and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

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