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Heat Advisory for Fort Bend County Tonight

Likely to Continue Through Week

Posted August 6, 2013 5:04:50 PM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Heat Advisory is in effect for Fort Bend County until 9:00 P.M. Tuesday.  The National Weather Service issues Heat Advisories when a heat index is expected between 105 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to a high pressure system sitting over Texas, the heat is expected to continue throughout the week.

Heat indexes are used to communicate how hot the temperature feels.  They use a combination of the actual temperature and the amount of humidity in the air.  While the temperature may be 98°, due to the high levels of humidity, it may feel like 105°.

While everyone is potentially at risk during severe heat,  those who are elderly, overweight, who have heart or respiratory problems, and children up to four years old are especially vulnerable.

Please be sure to check on elderly or disabled family members as this heat continues.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn. If the house is not air-conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: malls, movie theaters, libraries, multi-service centers, etc.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911.

Each year a number of fatalities occur nationwide due to children accidentally being left in vehicles during the summer months. In the past dozen years, 500 children have died due to hyperthermia after being left in or gaining access to cars. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. Remember: beat the heat, check the backseat.

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