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News Release

July 19, 2017

DPS Urges Texans to Use Caution in Summer Heat

Tips help residents beat the heat, stay safe

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning Texas residents to be prepared for summertime temperatures, and to take precautions to stay safe as temperatures and heat indices hit 100 degrees and above in many parts of the state this time of year. Extreme temperatures increase the risk of heat-related injuries or deaths.

"Summertime heat is a fact of life in Texas, but the dangers from high temperatures are real and should not be taken lightly," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Heat-related deaths and injuries are often preventable if residents take the necessary steps to educate and protect themselves – and their loved ones."

Warmer weather places children at greater risk of injury or death if left unattended in a vehicle. Every year children die from heat-related injuries after being left in a vehicle or by entering a vehicle unnoticed. A child should never be left unattended in a vehicle.

Temperatures inside a car can rise more than 20 degrees in only 10 minutes; and even with an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 110 degrees, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Leaving windows partially rolled down does not help. Young children are particularly at risk since their bodies heat up faster than an adult.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extreme heat events or heat waves are one of the leading causes of extreme weather-related deaths in the United States. Periods of severe heat and high humidity tax the body's ability to cool itself and can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal.

DPS offers the following tips for staying safe and managing the heat:

For additional tips, visit http://dps.texas.gov/dem/Preparedness/tips/hotWeatherSafetyTips.htm.

For more information about heat alerts, heat safety and tips for staying safe, visit
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/.

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