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Preventing heat stroke during hot summer days

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

When you think of dangers from the sun, most of us only think about sunburns.

But with this weekend expected to hit close to 90 degrees every day the real danger is your body overheating.

Spending too much time in that extreme heat can have serious consequences on our bodies.

So many summertime activities revolve around the outdoors, but while you're making plans to go fishing or do some yard work be sure to prepare for all that time outside.

The risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke rises greatly once temperatures spike to 90 degrees.

And while those over 50 are more at risk, it can affect anyone.

Experts say alcohol is a high-risk factor as well.

So drink lots of water and take breaks to cool off indoors.

Anne Thomas suffered from heat stroke in the past and said even on those pretty days you want to spend outside sometimes you need to take a break from the sun.

"Don't let yourself get too hot," said Thomas. "If you feel hot that's probably time to get into a cooler environment like inside. People have to stay inside more. It really makes a difference. You can't let your body temperature rise too much. Even if you're drinking water, if you get too hot you're still probably going to get in trouble."

A lesson she said she learned all too well.

Notice changes in your body like if it's really hot but you've stopped sweating.

Or a constant headache, nausea, a rapid heartbeat or muscle weakness and cramps.

All are signs of heat stroke.

If you suspect someone is suffering heat stroke you should call 9-1-1.

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