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With heat watch in effect, county warns of dangers

Compared to the rest of the country, summers in the Pacific Northwest are usually very comfortable. However, when temperatures rise to dangerous levels for several days at a time, there is an increased health risk to people and pets, and fire risk to property.

Temperatures for the next few days, for example, are expected to reach above 90. An excessive heat advisory is in place.

Common heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; weak pulse; fainting; and vomiting.

Signs of heat stroke include high body temperature (103° F or higher); hot, dry skin; rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness. Learn how to treat these symptoms and when to call 9-1-1.

Individuals who are at a higher risk of a heat-related illness include:

• Older adults

• Infants and young children

• People with mental illness and chronic diseases

• People with disabilities

• People who are overweight

• Those who work or exercise outdoors

• People experiencing homelessness

• Users of some medications, especially those taken for mental disorders, movement disorders, allergies, depression, and heart or circulatory problems

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