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Jul 6, 2012 7:13 PM by Katy Harris - KAJ News

Tips on staying safe and comfortable in the heat

KALISPELL- The mercury in the Flathead Valley is expected to rise into the 90s this weekend, so we headed out to find out some tips on how to beat the heat.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control says children, the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions are the most vulnerable to extreme heat.

Some heat-related illness includes nausea, dizziness and heavy sweating and folks should try to wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing in the heat.

People should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or sugar. You could also take cool showers or baths and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen.

Finally, air conditioning is the best way to prevent heat-related illness and death. For more information on heat safety, visit the Centers for Disease Control site.

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