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Beware of dangers in the summer heat

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To prepare for summer fun filled with picnics, swimming pools and vacations, it is important to be aware of the dangers associated with summertime heat and how to take proper action.

Heat stroke, a life-threatening condition needing immediate attention, occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. Many people believe that heat stroke can only occur because of overexertion, but this is not the case. Heat stroke can happen just by sitting on a chair in a warm room or sitting in a car too long. Many victims of heat stroke are the elderly, who have a chronic condition like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The warning signs for heat stroke include:

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