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It’s getting hot; here’s how to stay safe in the summer heat

Jun 3, 2024, 8:00 AM | Updated: 3:29 pm

FILE: Joana Abeel holds her daughter, Penelope Abeel, at the Draper City Splash Pad during a heat w...

FILE: Joana Abeel holds her daughter, Penelope Abeel, at the Draper City Splash Pad during a heat wave in Draper on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Joana Abeel holds her daughter, Penelope Abeel, at the Draper City Splash Pad during a heat wave in Draper on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. (Kristen Murphy, Deseret News)

(Kristen Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The summer heat is here. With Southern Utah reaching triple digits and Northern Utah peaking in the 90s this week, the threat of heat-related health issues will spike.

Feeling very sweaty, dizzy, tired, and weak are signs that you might be experiencing heat exhaustion. Joe Dougherty, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, said once you get to that point, you need to seek shade and cooler temperatures before symptoms escalate.

Along with the heat, wildfires and shark attacks are also proving dangerous this summer:

 

“Once you notice the symptoms of heat stroke, you are in physical danger at that point,” said Dougherty. “The sweating has stopped, the skin is hot and dry. Your body is in danger mode.”

Before heading outside, check the weather forecast. Look at the area where you are headed to see if shade is available.

“But Utah is a desert, which means not all the trees have ample shade or water,” Dougherty said.

Beyond looking for shade, bring plenty of water, and don’t go out alone.

Britt Johnson is a reporter and anchor for KSL NewsRadio.

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