Amid a record-breaking heat wave in North Texas, Dallas County has recorded its first heat-related death of 2022, according to a press release.
“We are very saddened to report our first heat-related death this season,” stated Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas County Health and Human Services director. “We are experiencing extreme heat this season, and this again reminds us how important it is to take every possible precaution.”
The victim, a 66-year-old woman from Dallas, had preexisting medical issues. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) does not share personal information for privacy and confidentiality concerns. The agency did not reveal the exact date of her death or any other details.
When the body cannot adjust and appropriately cool itself, heat-related ailments may develop, according to DCHHS.
To avoid heat-related illnesses, people can follow recommendations provided by the CDC:
- Stay Indoors: Remain in an air-conditioned location as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, you may qualify for an emergency A/C window unit; call the CDC at 214-819-1976.
- Limit Outdoor Activities: Consider exercising early in the morning or later in the evening. Stay in shaded areas to allow your body to cool down and recover.
- Hydrate: Drink plenty of water.
- Check for Updates: Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
This summer, North Texas has experienced dangerous conditions due to the triple-digit temperatures and severely dry weather.
The temperature hit 109 degrees on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week, according to WFAA. This summer has already seen at least 23 days with temperatures of 100 or above.
Furthermore, under no circumstances should young children or pets be left alone in automobiles. The National Safety Council estimates that if it is 95 degrees outside, a vehicle’s interior temperature can reach 114 degrees in 10 minutes and 129 degrees within 30 minutes.