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Important to remain safe and healthy in hot weather

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- The hot weather Wednesday may have sent you to the pool, but there are still things you need to do in order to protect yourself from heat illness.

In a day where people knew temperatures would get high, some took advantage of the morning cool and took to the trails.

"Today to keep cool I'm going to go to the pool and eat a lot of popsicles and sit in the shade," says Finely Buman of Rochester.

That seemed to be a bit of foreshadowing as everyone went to the city pools, declared free by Mayor Ardell Brede.

Soldiers Field and Silver Lake both at capacity just as the afternoon heat arrived. The line remained long through the day.

With things feeling like 100 degrees, things could get dangerous for anyone outdoors.

"Your body will feel hot, your skin might look red," says Nicole Nipper from Olmsted Medical Center. "If you stop sweating, that's an important symptom to watch out for because you aren't adequately hydrated to create sweat anymore. Sometimes people could be confused, feel dizzy or light-headed or have a bad headache. Those things should be warning signs that you're getting too hot."

But even if a heat illness strikes, there are measures you can take to minimize harm.

"Make sure you move into a cooler place or in the shade. You can take a cool shower or a bath to help cool your body down. Even putting cool rags under your arms and on your forehead will help cool your body down."

Jump in the pool while you can, but still don't forget to take care of yourself.

Another safety measure the pools take part in is forcing swimmers to take a five minute break every hour to give them some rest.

Those health tips are important to remember as we get deeper into summer and temperatures could go even higher.

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