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Staying cool: Heat, humidity related safety tips

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A heat advisory is in effect in the Heartland until Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

This is especially important given all the area events from high school football and soccer games and practices to ongoing state fairs.

Laura Wibbenmeyer says highs will climb into the mid to upper 90s each day with dew points well into the 70s. This will make our "feels like" temperatures soar into the triple digits. Heat indices will range from 100 to 106, with a few areas even a bit hotter.

This will be a prolonged period of excessive heat, so make sure to take it easy if you have to be outdoors. Also, don't forget about your pets! Each day there is a small chance for a few isolated t'storms, but much of the area will stay dry.

Here are some heat related safety tips from the American Red Cross:

Slow down - Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

Dress for summer - Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.

Put less fuel on your inner fires - Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.

Drink plenty of water or other nonalcoholic fluids - Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Persons who (1) have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, (2) are on fluid restrictive diets, or (3) have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages.

Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician - Persons on salt restrictive diets should consult a physician before increasing their salt intake.

Spend more time in air-conditioned places - Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air-conditioned environment affords some protection.

Don't get too much sun - Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

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