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Staying safe during the summer heat

With the heat on this weekend, one local paramedic is asking valley residents to take extra steps to keep themselves and others cool.

With the heat on this weekend, one local paramedic is asking Valley residents to take extra steps to keep themselves and others cool.

René Pérez, the director of Patient Transport Services for South Texas Emergency Care Foundation, is emphasizing that people know the signs of dehydration.

"I think most people, particularly those that have been living in the Valley for a period of time, or any hot region – you get acclimated to the weather," Pérez said.

Pérez says to look out for signs of heat exhaustion or stroke, like a slight headache or dizziness.

"Some of the subtle signs [are] that your body is starting to react to the dehydration process," Pérez said.

Other symptoms include muscle spasms and cramps, and low blood pressure.

"Sometimes blood flow may be decreased to certain parts of the body," Pérez said.

If a person experiences any of these symptoms, Pérez says to get out of the heat, cool off and drink water.

Pérez adds that if a person’s urine is dark, it is also a sign of dehydration.

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