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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Temperatures are rising and it’s getting very humid in central Indiana, so the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and EMS professionals are urging Hoosiers to be more cautious and reduce their time in the summer heat.

Heat-related illnesses are common and can sometimes be fatal. Young children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions are most susceptible. According to the National Weather Service, heat-related deaths were more prevalent per year than deaths caused by floods, lightning, tornadoes or hurricanes.

  • Symptoms of heat-related illnesses include:
  • Muscle cramps
  • Body temperature more than 102 degrees
  • Flushed looking appearance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Faint feeling
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Seizures

Officials urge people to take frequent breaks when outdoors and drink plenty of fluids, excluding carbonated beverages. Also, never leave a child or pet in a parked car, because temperatures in parked vehicles can rapidly rise to dangerous levels.