Hot weather safety tips

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The summer is a popular time to get outdoors, but it can be dangerous and cause health problems. We have some important information on the danger of heat on your body and in your vehicle.

Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after time outside. Even cutting down on salty foods, will help you stay hydrated.

Dress appropriately for the hotter days, with light-weight, light-colored clothing.

Avoid the direct sunshine! The heat index, or the feels like temperature, assumes you're in the shade. So if we're telling you it's in the upper 80s and feels like low 90s, it's even hotter to you in the sunshine.

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures.

One of the biggest weather related risks during the summer months is the possibility of a child dying in a vehicle from heat stroke.

The National Weather Service has a very important slogan, "Beat the heat, check the backseat", to remind you to never leave children or pets in a vehicle.

With temperatures in the 70s to 80s outside, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour!

Your vehicle acts like a greenhouse!