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      GEMA gives tips to beat the heat this holiday weekend

      It was a hot week and the heat is continuing into the Fourth of July weekend. Georgia Emergency Management Agency's (GEMA) Ready Georgia campaign is urging people to stay safe and not underestimate the temperatures.

      Extreme heat is the top weather-related killer in the United States, claiming about 400 lives each year. It causes more deaths than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

      GEMA is giving tips for you to stay safe. Stay indoors in air conditioned spaces and limit exposure to the sun. Dress in loose-fitting clothing that is light-colored. Know what heat exhaustion and heat stroke are and how to prevent it. Never leave pets or children alone in vehicles for any amount of time. Keep pet indoors as much as possible and give them plenty of water.

      "We ask that you stay informed," Albany-Dougherty Deputy EMA Director Jim Vaught said. "That's just a matter of knowing what the conditions are, knowing what the weather is going to be for the day, and take appropriate action to look out for loved ones, check on the elderly and pets."

      Emergency Management officials say to always closely monitor local radio stations and TV stations for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.