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High Temperatures Increase Risk For Heat Related Illnesses

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DENISON, TX -- Temperatures are on the rise across the area.  And with a relatively mild summer up to this point,  most people aren't aware that the extreme summer heat is just now setting in, and the risk for heat related illnesses is going up.

"It's a rough transition.  And people need to be more aware now that with this heat and humidity coming back that they make sure and stay hydrated." says Bill Ray of the Denison Fire Department

Heat exhaustion has emerged as a health threat, which can even be deadly.  According to government statistics, about seven hundred people die each year from heat related illnesses. Including some two hundred directly from heat stroke.  Children and the elderly are at the highest risk for heat exhaustion, and officials say that if you have a neighbor that might be at risk to check on them periodically.

"A lot of time we find that that generation depends a lot of time on a fan in a window when the temperature reaches 104, that's not enough to keep them cool.  And inside the house, they will heat up, and can certainly get into a heat exhaustion and heat stroke type of situation." says Ray

Officials say the best course of action is to stay out of the heat during peak times of the day by going to some place that offers air conditioning and a cooler environment such as the salvation army     

"If they can make their way here, please come, we're always open.  If they can't we're asking that they please call the salvation army.  We can be of help coming and picking you up, and bringing you here, or having you in a cooling station throughout the day, then we'll certainly do that." says Major Don Wildish of the Salvation Army.

But if you're have to be out in the heat, whether to work, or for a physical activity.  Frequent breaks and constant hydration are key in keeping you healthy.

"Certainly cool off, and spend time cooling off.  If you've been out in the heat quite a while, certainly your core temperature is raised, and it takes a little while for that to cool back down because it's inside your body" says Ray.