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Jun 14, 2017 10:20 AM EDT

The United States will feel the high temperatures this summer, which means more sunny days to spend outside, more time in the beach or by the pool. But the heat's ill-effects can creep up on a person, so a person must know the warning signs as well as what to do if someone falls ill due to the excessive heat.

The best thing a person can do when it comes to feel the summer heat is to take precautions. People should be prepared adequately if going outside for extended periods of time, particularly during the hottest part of the day.

One of the best ways to conquer the unrelenting heat is to stay hydrated. In order to avoid succumbing to dehydration, a person must drink plenty amount of water. It is recommended to abstain drinks with alcohol or caffeine, because it may make a person need to go to the bathroom more frequently, My WestNipissing Now reported.

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The District Health Unit made it known that in order to avoid exhaustion or heat stroke, people need to avoid too much sun. If a person feels cramped in their abdomen or confused or headache and breathing rapidly, chances are that person is experiencing something heat-related.

Dr. Alison Marciniak stated that if a person is staying in the heat for too long, that person may experience excessive sweating, as a result, that person can get muscle cramping and can feel faint. Thus, it's best to limit heat exposure to avoid getting overheated, WWMT reported.

Also, it is not advisable to leave a child, an elderly person in a car on a hot day. Even if the car's windows are open and only plan on being out for a couple of minutes, the temperature inside the vehicle can quickly warm to a deadly temperatures. While the temperature outside the car may be comfortable.

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