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Medical professionals give advice for preventing heat-related illnesses

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The extreme heat is upon us, and medical professionals want you to protect yourself from illnesses brought on by the heat.

Dr. Fernando with Kaiser Permanente said this weekend is going to be a hot one, so make sure you are listening to your body and the warning signs it gives you.

With temperatures soaring into the triple digits over the next few days, it may be difficult to beat the heat, but you can take steps to protect yourself from it.

"Don't be out in the sun between the hours of 10 and 4 p.m., especially when its like this weekend, 108 and 110," Fernando said.

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Medical professionals encourage people to stay pre-hydrated by drinking liquids hours before they take part in physical activities.

Wear protective gear, including light and loose clothing, to keep your body protected from the sun.

"We tell people when you don't feel right, especially the older folks, please seek shelter," Fernando said.

Eyes are also important to keep protected by wearing sunglasses, since they can be damaged by the sun.

Michelle Corson with the Public Health Department reminds us to be vigilant of others during this heat wave.

"Be a good neighbor, know your neighborhood and know if someone lives alone," she said. "Check on them, making sure they have a way to stay cool."

Mike Dixon spends the majority of his time working outside, from the oilfields to parking lots, and plans on staying hydrated this weekend.

"I am drinking lots of water," he said.

As for parents and young athletes enjoying the sunshine over the weekend, remember staying outside for too long can be dangerous.

"Lots of kids want to get out there and play. We like that but ... we need to watch out for heat injuries," Fernando said. "Every couple of years, we have athletes that die from heat illness."

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