McKINNEY — Temperatures in North Texas are climbing, and the McKinney Fire Department (MFD) reminds residents to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness or possibly death. The best time to prepare for extreme temperatures is before they occur.

In the United States, an average of 618 people die annually as a result of heat illness. The most dangerous place to be is inside your home or other building with little or no air conditioning. The elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless and people with chronic medical conditions are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat.

“Take precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death. Stay cool, drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and stay informed on weather advisories and warnings,” advises MFD Public Information Officer Stacie Durham. “If you don’t have access to air conditioning, there are options for relief during the hottest hours of the day such as recreation centers, libraries and shopping centers. The Salvation Army in McKinney anticipates having a cooling center in limited operation soon.”

“Make it a priority to check on family, friends and neighbors who may be especially vulnerable,” reminds Durham. “Our goal is to prevent a tragedy.”

For additional information on heat-related illness, tips on avoiding the effects of high temperatures, and a variety of other life safety topics, visit mckinneyfire.org or call 972-547-2893.

 

About the McKinney Fire Department

The McKinney Fire Department is dedicated to providing the community with the highest standards of service through prevention, training, education, suppression and emergency medical and emergency management services. We will provide this service with loyalty, integrity, accountability and teamwork. The Fire Department is located at 2200 Taylor-Burk Dr. in McKinney. Non-emergency number is 972-547-2850. For more information visit mckinneyfire.org.

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.