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Tips for surviving extreme heat

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With temperatures expected to soar to as high as 117 degrees this weekend, the risk of dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion is high, and can come on sooner than you might think.

The Valley Health System has released a list of tips designed to prevent you from becoming overwhelmed when the thermometer rises.

It's advised that you stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day. You should run errands early in the morning or after the sun has gone down.

Try to keep your car parked in the shade. Crack the windows for ventilation and cover your steering wheel and car seats. Consider protecting your hands when you touch your door handles or trunk.

Be aware that certain medications make people more susceptible to the heat. Also, know that children and the elderly may become overwhelmed quickly in extreme heat.

Make sure to protect your skin by wearing a hat or using an umbrella. Also, replenish sunscreen frequently, making sure to apply it liberally to your scalp, ears and feet.

Stay hydrated with water throughout the day. Schedule water breaks every 20 to 30 minutes while outdoors. Perspiration evaporates quickly in southern Nevada and you may not be aware of how quickly you're losing water.

Drinking alcohol or soda can actually dehydrate you. Try to stick to water or sports drinks. Also, water-based foods such as cucumbers, watermelon, zucchini and tomatoes will help keep you hydrated.

Signs of heat exhaustion include muscle cramping, heavy sweating, weakness, nausea, vomiting and a fast but weak pulse. If you experience theses symptoms, cool your body down quickly. If you still don't feel better, seek medical attention.

Signs of heat stroke include a body temperature above 103 degrees, hot, dry skin, and a rapid and strong pulse. Some people even lose consciousness. If you believe you or someone you know is suffering heat stroke, call 911. Take steps to cool the body but do not administer fluids.

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