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Safety tips in the rising temperatures

By WKTV News

The warm temperature is a welcome sign of summer for some, but you're not going to have any fun if you suffer from heat stroke, exhaustion or sunburn.

The difference between the three can be distinguished as follows:

Heat stroke is life threatening, according to the State Health Department, and can lead to brain damage or death. Warning signs include hot, dry skin, weak pulse and shallow breathing.

With heat exhaustion, people often appear pale, with flushed skin, heavy sweating and sometimes, vomiting.

Sunburn slows the skin's ability to cool itself, but can, in severe cases, blister.

It is important to take steps to keep cool when the temperatures are this high and to be aware of these symptoms.

If you must go outdoors, it's important to wear sunscreen as well as loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and experts say you should cover as much skin as possible.

You are encouraged to stay indoors and seek air conditioning if at all possible.

The State Health Department says the sun heats the inner core of your body, which results in dehydration, so make sure you are drinking between two and four glasses of water per hour during extreme heat.

"They should increase their intake of fluids," said Ken Fanelli of the Oneida County Health Department. "Not alcoholic, non-caffeine, and ideally water, fruit juices, sports drinks."

Also make sure to check on elderly friends and family members who may be living alone. They are the most susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

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