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Heat exhaustion warning signs and precautions

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By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

Along with summer comes heat and humidity. With temperatures rising, people need to be careful of heat exhaustion.

Dr. Greg Gillham of St. Elizabeth Medical Center said the early signs of heat exhaustion are weakness, fatigue and lightheadedness.

"If you're going to be out in the sun, I think an umbrella would be a good idea," Gillham said. "Lightly colored clothing that breathes pretty well. Certainly want to have plenty of cold water or something like that to drink."

But even though temperatures are rising, people at Tierra Park in Lincoln did not let the heat stop them from enjoying the sun.

"Stand under a tree, get some rest, drink some water," Jesse Virus said.

"Now I took my shirt off because it's getting even hotter," Willy Hernandez added.

Although people are finding ways to stay cool, Gillham described the actions people should take if heat exhaustion were to occur.

"You drink plenty of fluids," Gillham said. "You have to get out of the sun. If it's real severe, you may have to go to a local emergency room."

Gillham said he has only seen a few cases of heat exhaustion so far this summer, but expects that number to increase.

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