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Beware Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illness

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RALEIGH — If you must spend time outside there are somewarning signs of heat emergencies.

If you're suffering from heat exhaustion your skin will be cool,moist and pale or flushed. Heavy sweating, headaches, nausea or vomiting,dizziness and exhaustion are other symptoms. Your body temperature will benormal.

In extreme heat conditions, people are also susceptible to heat stroke.Its symptoms are hot, red skin, changes in consciousness,and rapid andshallow breathing. If you have heat stroke, your body temperature will behigh.

If you experience any of these symptoms go immediately to a coolerplace and cool the body with fans or wet cloths.

Heat stroke is life threatening, call 911 if you think you or anyone around you may be suffering from it.

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