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Beat the heat

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

With high temperatures in the 90s and summer humidity, it feels like triple digits across all of Iowa.  That has sparked heat warnings across most of the Midwest.  Dr. Christopher Hill, medical director at Allen Hospital, says everyone should look for certain symptoms of heat exhaustion or stroke in loved ones.

"If you see someone who is not acting quite as normally as they would've of, they're not sweating, they're in a hot environment, maybe away from air conditioning or possibly outside in the heat.  Those are people who are very high risk and need to be seen immediately in the emergency room," said Dr. Hill.

According to Dr. Hill, children under four and the elderly are more susceptible to the heat. Senior centers are one option for relief for seniors without air conditioning.  

Joseph Bergman is a regular at the Cedar Falls Health Center and urges people to escape the heat and enjoy activities at a center.
"They got bridge a few days. They have bingo on Tuesdays and Fridays. They got pool tables to play pool. They got exercise classes for everyday," said Bergman.

Dr. Hill says everyone needs to be aware of the heat and take certain precautions.

"Try to stay in the shade, avoid during the hottest part of the day. Drinking plenty of fluids primarily sports drinks, those types of things," Dr. Hill said.

If you will be spending the next few days outdoors, take precautions and make frequent breaks in the air conditioning. The Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging is offering free fans to those over 60 years of age. For more information, call 319-272-1767 or toll-free 1-877-538-0508.

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