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Keep yourself and your neighbors safe during heat

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WSIL -- While it may seem like common sense to stay safe during heat and humidity, experts remind us not only to take care of ourselves but our neighbors as well.

Things like drinking lots of water, taking frequent breaks, and finding shade when you can can keep you safe during the heat. But when you do these things for yourself, make sure your friends and family are doing them as well.

Many of us want to stay inside when the heat and humidity rises, but not everyone has, or can afford, to run the air conditioning and do their best to stay cool with fans or open windows.

Sgt. Amber Ronketto with the Carbondale Police Department says if you're worried about a neighbor or family member during the heat, they can check on them for you and make sure they are staying safe and cool.

"We're not being bothered by asking us to check on somebody," she said. "We'd rather people be safe and have everything that they need rather than something unfortunate happen to someone."

It's also important to remember the symptoms of being out in the heat for too long, if you feel dizzy, have muscle cramps or are sweating a lot you may have heat exhaustion and need to find shade and water immediately. If you pass out, your skin turns red or you stop sweating altogether, you may be having a heat stroke and need immediate medical attention.

People want to spend time outside during the summer, but it really is so important to stay hydrated and plan that time outside. Bring enough water for your entire day and limit your intake of alcohol to help avoid those dangerous heat related illnesses.

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