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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - For hundreds of people Friday, the best recipe for heat relief could be found at the beach.

"The heat is hot but the breeze is blowing," said visitor Leon Brown.  "Everybody (is) going into the water and the water is cool as well."

But Cheryl Hopple, Emergency Management Coordinator at Beebe Medical Center, says people can quickly become over-exposed to the heat without knowing it before it's too late.

"You're going to have red skin, you're going to have extreme thirst, you're going to possibly have drowsiness or confusion," said Hopple.

According to Hopple, the biggest cause for heat exhaustion and heat stroke is dehydration.  She also recommends people check on elderly residents frequently since they can be at highest risk of heat-related illness.

"They tend to be a lot more susceptible to the heat because they can't regulate their body well," said Hopple.

For people who have to work outside in the extreme heat, Hopple encourages people to get the most physically demanding jobs done either in the early morning hours or in the evening.

And for parents with young children, Hopple suggests requiring frequent water breaks when children are playing outside since they might not recognize the signs of dehydration.

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