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LAS VEGAS - As triple-digit temperatures hit the valley, health experts are urging people to take precautions and avoid heat-related illness.

Children and the elderly are the most at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 44 percent of patients who suffer from heat exposure are 65 and older.

Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy. Doctors recommend people keep water with them at all times of the day during the summer. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Doctors at Sunrise Hospital also recommend sunscreen and light-colored clothing. Dark colors attract heat.

Sunrise Hospital Medical Director Dr. Scott Scherr says, at this time of year, he typically sees an increase in patients who suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

"Any time that you start hitting triple digits for multiple days in a row, people are just not prepared for it,” he said. “They're used to going out and exercising when it's seventy degrees. It’s a lot different when it's one hundred, one hundred and ten degrees outside to go exercise."

Dr. Scherr also warns people against leaving children or pets in cars. Even with the windows down, temperatures can reach 150 degrees in minutes.

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