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Heat, Humidity Dangerous For Those Enjoying The Outdoors

Saturday was the second day parts of East Texas were under a heat advisory.
While the temperatures are not record breaking, the combination of heat and humidity is extremely dangerous to your body.
Doctors warn that in some cases over exerting yourself outdoors, can have deadly consequences. On Friday, for the first time in East Texas, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat advisory.
"The whole point is to try and give people advanced notice, more than a few hours of, of how hot it's going to be," said KLTV 7 Meterologist Stephen Parr.
The weather service hopes advance warnings will reduce heat related injuries such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
"A lot of people just don't pay attention or realize what's happening to them before it happens," said  ETMC Emergency Room Dr. Colin Marino.
Dr.  Marino said in the past two weeks the hospital has seen more victims of the heat.
"We've had several cases of heat exhaustion and dehyrdation where we've had to give fluids and electrolytets and restrict people's activities."
Many of those people had been playing outdoor sports or working outside. Others were the elderly and children. The doctor said they are the most likely to suffer from the heat.
So how can you know if the heat is getting best of you?
"Any dizziness, vomiting, nauseau, headaches," Dr. Marino said. "Just aches all over, any kind of body aches are really important to pay attention to."
"You've got to drink plenty of water. You need to be careful about what times you are going to be out, if you're going to be out. Try to be out when it's not so sunny. Not so hot, not mid-afternoon." Keep in mind: the hottest part of the day is between 2 p.m and 4 p.m. Doctors and the weather service hopes knowledge will prevent heat deaths.
"It happens every year in this country, we're just trying to make sure it doesn't happen here," Stephen Parr.
Again those most at risk for heat related injuries are children and the elderly.  Especially those in places without air conditioning. There are several Heat Shelters in Smith County where people can go for protection.
For a complete list, go to the homepage and look for the "Know More on 7" icon on the right side of the homepage. There you'll find the link "Heat Plan."

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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