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UHD offers safety tips, warnings for Utahns during hot weather


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SALT LAKE CITY — With summer in full swing, the weather can get dangerously hot, and the Utah Health Department has a few warnings for Utahns.

The Utah Department of Health advised individuals that the weekend weather forecast is in the high temperature range, and the heat can place stress on your body and pose a threat to your vital organs.

Individuals are asked to be careful while doing physical labor outside in the heat as well. The Utah Department of Health also advises parents to pay close attention to children in direct sunlight, and to never leave kids in the car for any amount of time.

"I know we've had fatalities already this year," said Utah Department of Health representative Eden Anderson.

Heatstroke, severe sunburn, heat cramps, and extreme exhaustion are all possible side affects of intense heat or sunlight. Specialists said that the body typically cools itself by sweating, but under extreme heat, that's not enough.

Katelyn Shaw said she has always worried when the heat rolls around because she has two active little boys and one in soccer.

"My biggest thing for him is sensitive skin," Shaw said of her soccer playing son.

Pregnant women also have to worry about staying cool during the summer month for themselves and their baby.

"In the morning, I put the water in the freezer and by mid day we've got cold water constantly," said expecting mother Carrie Kroyle.

Shaw and Kroyle also said that to beat the heat in the summer, they use a "buddy system." When their children are in direct sunlight, they monitor their condition for sunburn and heat exhaustion and they have their children do the same for them.

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