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Officials urge residents to protect themselves against heat stroke, exhaustion

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - Benton county officials are urging residents to take extra care outside as the weather continues to heat up.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat was the leading cause of climate related death from 2000 to 2009.

That may be the extreme case, but officials are hoping to warn residents of the potential dangers of heat stroke or exhaustion.

Both cases may cause nausea or vomiting, but other than that, the symptoms can be very different.

If you are experiencing dizziness, excessive sweating, cool or clammy skin, or muscle cramps you could be experiencing heat exhaustion.

If you are experiencing throbbing headaches, no sweating, dry, hot or red skin, or you lose consciousness you could be suffering from heat stroke.

If symptoms get really bad, officials urge you to call 911.

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