Department of Public Safety says Texans be caution during hotter temperatures


The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning Texas residents to be prepared for hotter temperatures.

Take precautions to stay safe as temperatures and heat indices may hit 100 degrees and above in many parts of the state. Extreme hotter temperatures increase the risk of heat-related injuries or deaths.

In many cases heat-related deaths and injuries are preventable, and DPS urges residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and others against extreme temperatures whether they plan to be outside or indoors.

Hotter temperatures 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 left in a vehicle or by entering a vehicle unnoticed. A child should never be left unattended in a vehicle.

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.

Follow tips from DPS for staying safe and managing the heat:

Drink plenty of water throughout the day even if you do not feel thirsty. You may not realize dehydration until it’s too late. Alcohol and caffeine avoided during periods of long outdoor exposure.

Pay attention to your body. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can develop quickly.

Check on others, especially the elderly, sick, pets and very young and those without air conditioning.

Monitor local weather updates.

Limit exposure to the sun and stay indoors as much as possible. If possible, avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.

Light-color, loose-fitting clothing and hats recommended while spending time outdoors.

Wear sunscreen. Protect yourself during periods of sun exposure by putting on sunscreen SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going outside.

Be extra careful when cooking outdoors, building campfires or driving off-road to avoid igniting dry vegetation. Stay aware of burn bans in your area and always abide by restrictions on outside burning.