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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - With temperatures in the 90s and a heat index hitting the triple digits this weekend, you may be looking for ways to beat the heat. 

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said that 600 people every year are killed by extreme heat in the United States, so the county is hoping to make plenty of different options available. We asked her a few questions on how to get through the weekend:

Who is most at risk?

"Older adults, very young children, and people with mental illness, obesity, and other chronic diseases are at highest risk for severe damage from heat. Even young and healthy people can be affected if they participate in strenuous activities."

What's the big difference between this weekend and other hot days?

"While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat this might not be enough. When a person's body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down, damage to the brain and other vital organs can occur."

What's the easiest way to beat the heat?

"Stay in air-conditioned places as much as possible. If your home does not have A/C, go to a shopping mall. Go to a community center or a public library. Libraries will be open on Saturday for eight hours and possibly on Sunday."

What is the most important message for the weekend?

"Please do not leave your children in the car. Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures in just a few minutes even with a window cracked open. A good stratey to remind yourself that a child is in the car is to keep a stuffed animal in the seat next to you... please check to be sure that everyone is out of the car."

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