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As the first major heat wave of the year settles in, the Fire Department urges citizens to take precautions, such as staying hydrated and wearing loose-fitting clothing.
Assistant chief Steve Dishman also says it's important to be able to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
"Heat exhaustion typically is, you become very weak. You become cool and clammy," Dishman explained. “Heat stroke, that's an immediate medical crisis. Typically, when somebody goes into that it would take someone else to recognize because when it onsets it actually can render you unconscious very quickly."
Dishman and Battalion Chief Brian Alderson have produced an informational video and posted it to the department's Facebook page. Additional information is available on the City’s website.
Temperatures today through Friday will be in the mid-90s, with heat index values as high as 100 degrees. The heat index refers to a number in degrees Fahrenheit (F) that tells how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to the air temperature.
What you should do when the weather is extremely hot: