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MERRILL (WAOW) -
Thursday is Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin.
As temperatures climb, people enjoy more outdoor activities, but sometimes that combination can be dangerous.
According to the National Weather Service, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States.
In Wisconsin there were 24 heat-related deaths last year. The National Weather Service says at least 130 people have died from the heat in our state since 1982.
State emergency leaders are reminding people of the dangers of extreme heat. They say older adults and young children have a higher risk of heat-related illness.
"Dress for the weather, light colored and light weight clothing, if you're working outside make sure you take plenty of breaks get out of the heat as much as you can, and drink plenty of fluids," said Lincoln County Emergency Management official Jeff Kraft.
Officials also advise people to be aware of heat stroke symptoms such as cramping, extreme sweating, loss of breath, and redness.
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