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Fire Officials Warn Folks About Heat Exhaustion

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — With temperatures creeping upwards, so are concerns of heat exhaustion.

As the weather continues to get warmer, fire officials are continuing efforts to warn residents about how to prevent heat exhaustion

Officials said the condition is more serious than many may think.

Symptoms are marked by dizziness, nausea and confusion.

Left untreated it can lead to shock, which can only be treated at the hospital.

In a worst case scenario, heat exhaustion can be deadly.

Everyone is susceptible to it, but certain demographics should take extra caution.

“Typically the younger ages and elderly have a higher likelihood of experiencing heat exhaustion. Also, people who tend to spend more time outdoors in a labor-intensive job are going to have a higher risk,” said Springfield firefighter Nick Florante.

Officials said it’s important to hydrate before going out into the sun and to stay hydrated while out.

If you’re feeling thirsty, it’s already too late.

Eugene and Springfield Fire Departments said heat exhaustion will likely become an issue once temperatures regularly reach 90 degrees.

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