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Heat safety as the temperatures rise above 100

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TYLER (KYTX) - We're hitting triple digits early this year.

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States.

Not only is it just uncomfortable, but things you touch when you're out could even burn you.

Lucy Oblitas was surprised to see just how hot some of the equipment can get.

A slide her 2-year-old daughter was using registered over 120 degrees.

Playground equipment can get to be 20 degrees or more hotter than that air itself.

"I don't think about how the equipment gets, but I try to get them to be where it's shaded," says Oblitas.

Oblitas tries to get outside early to avoid the temperatures, but things heat up quickly.

But imagine working in the sweltering weather.

"The benefit of working outside everyday, you're slowly able to acclimate yourself, as opposed to you walking outside from the air conditioning to go 'whoo! It's hot!'" says Larry Krantz with TxDOT in Tyler.

Krantz says workers surfacing roads are faced with temperatures well over 130 degrees because asphalt can get so much hotter than the air.

"Encourage our guys to stay hydrated, look for places to take breaks, find a place under a tree, soak up some a/c in he cab of the truck," says Krantz.

All ways to keep them safe, on a hot job, or just on the playground.

"Always exhausting to be in that heat, but just something we have to deal with," says Oblitas.

Try to avoid being outside from 11 to 3, stay hydrated, and don't wear dark clothes.

Excessive temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Some symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, or cool or pale, clammy skin, even dizziness and nausea.

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