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Experts urge people to be smart in extreme heat

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A thermometer on a bank sign shows the temperature on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5) A thermometer on a bank sign shows the temperature on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Whether working, walking, biking or basically doing anything in the Valley's triple-digit heat this week, we know it's unbearable.

Temperatures will only continue to rise through Sunday.

If you can't limit your exposure to the sun, you've got to be smart.

"Every 10, 15, 20 minutes I'll get down and get in the shade," construction worker Brian Riley said. 

Kids, however, don't know any better.

"Children are wonderful in that they will keep playing and keep trying to do things even if they are feeling poorly," Dr. Lisa Miller of Good Night Pediatrics in Henderson said. 

Miller warns even mild exposure to extreme heat over the course of several days can cause a problem.

"No parent would intentionally let their child get dehydrated. It's always a case of they didn't realize how much their child would get affected," Miller said.

Some not-so-obvious tips to stay safe in the sun are avoiding soda and caffeine.

Miller says children should be drinking a half-and-half solution of water and a sports drink hourly. 

"A lot of people don't realize at all that they walk around dehydrated all the time." Miller said.

Visitors to the Valley may not know any better, either.

"I'm worried about the tourists because they don't know what they're getting into. They come here to party and drink, and they end up in the hospital," Las Vegas resident Becky Garcia said.

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