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Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

Summer isn’t quite over yet with temperatures in the high nineties throughout the state. 

Vonnie Ereth is a Wellness Supervisor at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health. She said heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two major health concerns people should be aware of during the hot weather.

Elderly adults, children and people working outdoors are at the highest risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It is important for every person to stay hydrated during the summer heat, Ereth said.

“So when we encourage people to stay hydrated, meaning drinking liquids, we often encourage drinks like Powerade or Gatorade. Something to replace the sodium and potassium in your system,” Ereth said.

Ereth said other safety tips for avoiding heat exhaustion or and heat stroke include staying indoors, eating light meals and wearing loose fit clothing.

Ereth also reminds people to never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. This can be fatal during the hot temperatures, Ereth said.

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