WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Texas Department of Public Safety wants residents to be prepared for summertime temperatures as we prepare for August.
"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 in a press release. "Heat-related deaths and injuries are often preventable if residents take the necessary steps to educate and protect themselves – and their loved ones."
DPS officials want residents to take precautions as temperatures hit 100 degrees and above in many parts of the state. Extreme temperatures increase the risk of heat-related injuries or deaths.
According to the CDC, extreme heat events or heat waves are one of the leading causes of extreme weather-related deaths in the U.S.
Periods of extreme heat and high humidity tax the body's ability to cool itself and can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
DPS has provided the following tips for staying safe and managing the Texas heat:
* Check on the elderly, sick or very young, especially if they don't have air conditioning.
* Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol during prolonged outdoor exposure. Start consuming water before you head outdoors; you may not realize you're dehydrated until it's too late.
* Pay attention to your body. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can develop quickly. If you start feeling ill, immediately find a shaded or cooler area and slowly drink fluids. Seek medical attention if necessary.
* Monitor weather radios and newscasts for information on current conditions and weather alerts in your area.
* Stay indoors as much as possible, and limit exposure to the sun. Consider indoor activities this summer at places like shopping malls, the library or other community facilities.
* Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat are recommended during outdoor exposure.
* If possible, avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.
* Be extra careful when cooking outdoors, building campfires or driving off road to avoid igniting dry vegetation. Also, stay aware of burn bans in your area and always abide by restrictions on outside burning.
* Don't forget pet safety. Animals are also susceptible to heat-related injury or death – don't put your pets in these dangerous conditions.
For additional tips, you can click here. For up to the minute updates on the heat in Texoma you can download the First Alert 6 Weather app today.