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Keep an Eye on the Kids in the Heat

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RALEIGH — The intense heat that's blanketing the arearight now can be very dangerous, so it pays to be aware of some warningsigns and arm yourself with knowledge about how best to protect yourself.

You can usually tell when you're starting to get too hot. If, forexample, you become dizzy, weak or nauseous it's usually a sign to goinside and cool off. That's not always the case with children,however. Often, they need guidance from adults on to stay safe.

When the mercury rises and the sun is blazing, kids see nothing butfun, and splashing around outsideisa great way to cool off.But you have to keep an eye on your kids in this weather because they mightnot watch out for themselves. Day Care Teacher Carol Hutto says childrensimply don't know when they're getting too hot.

Because kids might not notice when they're getting too hot, you need tomake sure you limit their time in direct sunlight and make sure they drink plenty of water.

Remember to dress children in light-colored clothing, put sunscreen onthem, have them wear a hat, and make sure each has his own container ofwater when spending time outdoors.

Photographer:Terry Cantrell

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