With extreme heat expected for the foreseeable future, the McKinney Fire Department reminds residents to take precautions to avoid heat related illness, or possibly death.
In the USA in 2012, 155 people died as a result of extreme heat. The most dangerous place to be was in a home, likely with little or no air conditioning. Most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or low income, and people with chronic medical conditions.
“Take precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed,” advises MFD Public Information Officer Stacie Durham. “If you don’t have access to air conditioning, there are options, such as cooling centers, or public buildings like your local library. Check on your family, friends, and neighbors who may be especially vulnerable. Our goal is to prevent a tragedy.”
To assist in relief from extreme temperatures, the Salvation Army offers “cooling stations” in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, and Tarrant counties. Located at 600 Wilson Creek Parkway, the McKinney Salvation Army offers a cool place for individuals without air conditioning or other resources to stay during the hot daytime hours. Opening at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, they provide cold water and survival tips for the hot weather. For additional information on the Salvation Army cooling center in McKinney, call 972-542-6694 or visit www.salvationarmydfw.org.
For additional information on heat related illness, tips on avoiding the effects of high temperatures, and a variety of other life safety topics, visit www.mckinneyfire.org or call 972-547-2893.