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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For those residents who think heat illness happens only during the triple digits, think again.

The Tucson Fire Department says since March they have responded to 21 calls for heat emergencies, with the earliest being on April 8.

One thing to keep in mind, there are several types of heat illnesses; there is heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

Heat exhaustion, which if not treated with rest and fluids could lead to heat stroke, and heat stroke can be fatal.

Tucson Fire officials offer the reminder that the children, elderly and people with medical conditions can be more susceptible to heat related illnesses. 

Signs and symptoms to look for with heat related illnesses - muscle cramps, rapid pulse and a headache. 

Here is the most important tip to keep in mind when dealing with the heat: pre-hydration and hydration throughout the day. 

According to Tucson Fire those who know they are going to be working outside, drink plenty of water the day before. 

Clothes - keep it loose fitting and light weight and light colored if possible. 

For those working in the yard or hiking find shade and take frequent breaks. 

Tucson Fire officials say don't make the first activity of the day a ten hour event, let the body get used to the heat. 

Remember the symptoms to look for like headaches, rapid pulse and muscle cramps - if experiencing these symptoms and they aren't fixed by rest and water - that is when people should seek medical attention.

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