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Jonesboro, AR--Lauren Payne Reports

Protecting Yourself Against the Heat of the Summer

July 13, 2004--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO--Viola Philips is tending to her garden during the hottest part of the day.

"You just get your work done, and go back in the house"said Phillips.

Bill Miles is keeping his yard in tip top shape as the temperature climbs above ninety degrees.

"There's not a whole lot you can do while you are mowing the yard. Unless you stay inside by the air conditioner, and you can't do that and mow the yard at the same time,"said Miles.

We've been spoiled by cooler temperatures the last few weeks, but typical hot, humid, Arkansas weather has creeped back upon us.

This time of year heat exhaustion is very common especially with high humidity, and high temperatures.

Dr. John Hines is a Family Practitioner.

"Summertime activity, and people just want to get out, and enjoy the outdoors. If you are enjoying the outdoors, do so safely,"said Hines.

These may sound like common sense tips, but they could save your life.

Water is a necessity, take frequent breaks to get a drink.

Avoid extended periods in the heat, and visit shady spots as often as you can.

If you are mowing your lawn, or working in the garden do so early in the morning, or late in the day when temperatures aren't so high.

Finally, if you don't cool off fairly quickly after retreating to the indoors, or you get a headache, or feel dizzy, get medical attention.

Even if you are keeping cool by the pool this summer, you still need to keep plenty of water on hand.

"This time of year, you need to use lot's of sunscreen to avoid getting burned also,"said Hines.

Just a few simple, easy rules to keep you safe and healthy as you enjoy your sunny summer days.

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