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Officials: Dangerously high temps pose health risks during heat advisory

Officials: Dangerously high temps pose health risks during heat advisory

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- With a heat advisory in effect for Yakima and Kittitas counties until Friday, fire officials are warning the community to stay indoors as much as possible.

They said this hot weather poses a health risk, especially to kids, pets, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

Heat stroke and dehydration can set in, leaving you nauseous, dizzy, and unable to sweat.

The residual smoke and haze in the air from distant wildfires can also cause coughing, headaches, and other symptoms.

"If you have to go outside, make sure you're prepared," said Yakima Fire Department Captain Jeff Pfaff. "Carry extra water with you; try and stay someplace cool; and limit your exposure to the sun."

Fire officials said get medical help for severe symptoms. They also advise keeping pets inside because hot pavement can burn their paw pads.

For more information on the heat advisory click here. You can also monitor smoke in the air here.

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