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Extreme heat can be dangerous or even deadly

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Beyond being a nuisance, the heat wave hitting Middle Tennessee can be dangerous and even deadly if people aren't careful.

There are those who can't get to shade or water on a hot, sunny day, and that's where Billy Biggs comes in. Biggs, with Metro Animal Control, drives around Nashville looking for animals in need.

"Here, lately, I've been getting a lot of calls about animals who have been left in cars, and you just shouldn't do that," Biggs said.

Pets are just like people, and they shouldn't be exposed to extreme temperatures without proper care.

"They can get heat stroke, or worst of all die from the heat," Biggs said.

High school football players are practicing this week with helmets and no pads. Next week, they can add pads if the heat index remains at or below 104 degrees. If the temperature rises above that mark, all practices and games are canceled.

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