Dust in the wind: Saharan dust playing a part in local heat advisory forecasts

by By Cristin Parker news@mediactr.com
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The Department of Public Safety urges everyone to follow these tips 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 you’re dehydrated until it’s too late. 
• Pay attention to your body. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can develop quickly. Know the warning signs and seek medical attention if necessary.
• Check on others, especially the elderly, sick, very young and those without air conditioning.
• Don’t forget pet safety. Animals are also susceptible to heat-related injury or death – don’t put your pets in these dangerous conditions.
• 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-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat are recommended.
• Wear sunscreen. Sunburns can affect your body’s ability to cool down. 
• Be extra careful when cooking outdoors, building campfires or driving off-road to avoid igniting dry vegetation. Also, stay aware of burn bans in your area and always abide by restrictions on outside burning.

From www.dps.texas.gov
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