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Staying Safe as Heat Wave Rolls Through

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NBCRightNow.com - Going from 80 to 100 degree temperatures can have a big impact on people's health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat waves are the most common cause of weather related deaths in the U.S.

Yakima Firefighters say there are two big medical emergencies they respond to when temperatures rise. One is heat exhaustion, when people exert themselves too much in high heat and tend to start sweating profusely and feel dizzy.

They say this can progress into heat stroke, which is when one's body loses its ability to regulate heat.

"Someone basically stops sweating and their body gets really hot like up to a 103 or a 106 degrees. That's critical, that could be fatal," said Capt. Tom Schneider with the Yakima Fire Department.

Firefighters say during this heat wave, it is best to complete any activities during the early morning or late evening. Crews also say to drink more water and stay away from those sugary drinks.

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