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Missoulians Try To Stay Cool In Extreme Heat

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With the weather only getting hotter, health officials are warning people to take the proper precautions to stay healthy this summer.

No air conditioner was in sight on Tuesday, in the appliance department at Ace Hardware.

"It's been a busy day," said manager Sid Bailey. "We're out of air conditioners. We got more coming on a truck though, and we're working on fans."

Ace Hardware regular Garth Good, who uses an oxygen tank to breathe in the extreme heat, said he's found other ways to keep cool.

"Staying inside, I know it won't last long," he said. "Stay inside or make a real fast trip to the stores."

That's exactly what Missoula County-City health officials said people should be doing in the hot weather.

"That's prevention," said Health Director, Ellen Leahy. "Try to keep you're body as cool as possible, as well as your home."

Leahy said the hot temps could cause extreme health issues, especially for children and the elderly.

"It's hard for your body to recover, if your dehydrated, if you don't get enough water, it can be serious," Leahy said.

Leahy advises everyone to keep their homes under 80 degrees. She said anyone who doesn't have air conditioning should use a fan and keep their window shades closed until the evening, when they should open their doors during the cooler hours.

"We can't control temperatures, we can only have modification of how much were in it, how much we do in, keeping an eye out for little ones, and having a lot of fluids," she said.

Leahy also advises people to keep cool by patting themselves down with wet towels, or putting them on their fans.

"Because we have dry climate, especially when it's hot, anything that's evaporative will cool you down," Leahy said.

Health officials said most heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable if people just make the right actions in the summer heat.

If you're looking for more ways to keep cool in this extreme heat head to the Missoula Health Department.

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