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Firefighters Warn of Heat Emergencies From High Temperatures

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- With temperatures rising above 100 degrees today and throughout next week, the heat makes going outside in the afternoon almost unbearable. 

Kennewick Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Ellis wants people to remember to drink lots of water and be extra cautious. He says because this is the first heat wave of the summer, your body has not adjusted to the hotter weather and you are more at risk for severe dehydration.

"I think you should be drinking at least a quart of water an hour and cool water if possible not hot water," said Ellis.

Every year across the country people die from overheating because they cannot cool down. The major warning signs of dehydration are when you stop sweating and are not going to the bathroom. 

Firefighters say you need to cool your body down by drinking water and sitting in shade or air conditioning.