Tips to stay safe in summer heat

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The heat index in East Texas reached 110 degrees Monday and it does not look like much relief is in sight.

In the extreme triple digit weather, there are lots of precautions you and your family should take to stay safe.

Under the hot summer sun with temps around 104 degrees, you have to feel for guys with outdoor jobs, like construction workers.

"Drink plenty of water," advised Gerald Morgan, with Conaway Homes. "If there's a shade around and you get too hot, go sit in the shade."

Morgan knows all too well the effects the sizzling sun can have on his crew.

"I've had them where they nearly pass out and throw up and have to go make them sit down," he said.

It is one thing to see people working and sweating in the heat but quite another to see food actually cooking in it. We put cookies on our car's dash for part of the day. They were not perfect, but you could definitely see they were cooking, giving people a different perspective of how hot it really is.

"I lived in Arizona for awhile and we used to be able to cook eggs on a sidewalk so I imagine we're pretty close to that right now," said Dr. Mark Anderson, with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals.

Heat-related illnesses, however, are no joke. Anderson has seen patients suffering from heat cramps, even heat exhaustion

"The last thing you definitely don't want to get is heat stroke and that's where the heat gets bad enough and your body can't compensate," he explained. "You actually stop perspiring. Your body temperature gets up to 105 or higher."

It can be deadly so Dr. Anderson stresses to limit your activity in the sun during this scorching summer.

"Work for 20 minutes, take 10 minutes off," he advised. "Drink more than you think you need."

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