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Hot temperatures and safety during heat advisories

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FLORENCE, SC ( WMBF) High temperatures can be deadly.

On average, 175 people die each year from a heat-related illnesses.

"It feels like it's about 100 [degrees] out here to me," Calvin Nettles, a construction worker said.

Calvin Nettles and his crew normally work outside a lot.

The crew works for a construction company and said Thursday was one of the hottest days they have experienced this summer.

"We drink a lot of Gatorade and find a little bit of shade," Nettles said.

"Keeping yourself hydrated is very important," Doctor Jeremy Robertson said.

Robertson works in the Emergency Room at McLeod Regional in Florence.

He said during really hot days, the ER sees an influx of heat-related injuries.

"Mild heat-related things like dehydration, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting," Robertson said.

Dr. Robertson said you need to remember to make sure you are drinking plenty of water and not doing too much work during the day.

And if you have little ones you are encouraged to keep an extra eye out on them during extremely hot days.

"A child can have heat stroke, while you're with them, driving down the road with the windows down," Ashley Costas with McLeod Safe Kids said.

Ashley Costas is the coordinator for McLeod Safe Kids.

"Children's bodies actually heat up three to five times faster than most adults," Costas said.

Costas said your child should be carrying a bottle of water with them during hot days and drinking at least 10 gulps every 20 minutes.

"You want to make sure that on hot days that you are keeping your child cool. Dress them appropriate for the weather and that even goes for when it's cold," Costas said.

During days like Thursdays, your car can heat up 20 degrees in ten minutes you'll want to remember to check your backseat before getting out of the car.

"Be cognizant of what's left in your car. Small animals, children, nothing alive, should be left in your car," Robertson said.

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