Staying safe in this weekend’s heat

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With the temperatures this weekend expected to reach the mid-90s, Alachua County Health Department Assistant Director Paul Myers says it will be a good time to go out and get exercise, but with caution. He says there is a higher risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion with these temperatures.

“Signs [for heat exhaustion] include paleness, muscle cramps, dizziness, tiredness, weakness and sometimes it can result in headache, nausea, even vomiting or fainting,” he says.

Wearing light clothes, drinking clear liquids and avoiding the hottest midday hours outside will help protect you from these illnesses, put if you show any sign of symptoms Myers says report for medical care. He says children need to be closely monitored during this intense heat and never left unattended, especially in a car.

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