AUSTIN, Tx (RNN Texoma) - DPS is reminding people to take extra precautions as temperatures continue to reach or exceed 100 degrees across the state.
"We have already experienced extreme heat in most parts of the state this summer, and DPS wants to remind all Texans that the dangers from sustained high temperatures should not be taken lightly," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Heat-related injuries and deaths are often preventable if we take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others."
The extreme temperatures place children at greater risk for injury or death if they are left unattended in a vehicle. Temperatures inside a car can increase by more than 20 degrees in only 10 minutes
Extreme heat is also one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the country, according to the CDC. Periods of severe heat and high humidity make it harder for the body to cool itself down which can lead to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day even if you do not feel thirsty; you may not realize you're dehydrated until it's too late. Avoid drinking alcohol or drinks that are high in caffeine or sugar while outdoors.
Check on the young and the elderly during periods of high temperatures.
Also, wear loose, light-colored clothing and a hat while you are outside.