North Texas is expecting record-breaking heat this week and if precautions aren’t taken, the weather pattern could be a deadly one.
In terms of weather-related deaths, heat is the No. 1 killer.
Temperatures are expected to soar past the 100-degree mark all week, reaching 104 on Thursday and 105 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Stephenville Fire Chief Jimmy Chew said emergency personnel have not had to respond to many heat-related illnesses so far this year, but that could change.
“Normally, the really hot weather affects people working outside and the elderly,” Chew said. “The important thing is to stay hydrated.”
The Erath County Sheriff’s Office still has box fans for those in need.
“We have had several people stop by our office to pick them up and we still have several available,” said Sheriff Matt Coates. “If you know someone who needs a fan and can’t get to us, we will deliver.”
Fans can be picked up from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 254-965-3338.
Tips to stay safe:
• Limit time outside during peak heat hours
• Drink plenty of water, and avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol
• Wear light weight and light colored clothing
• Never keep your child or pet inside a hot vehicle
• Check on others, especially the elderly, sick, very young and those without air-conditioning
• Use sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher before going outside
• Keep cellphones handy in case of emergency.