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City Urges Caution During Heat Advisory

With Memphis under a heat advisory, the city is offering rides for those without air conditioning to area cooling centers.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - With Memphis under a heat advisory, the city is offering rides for those without air conditioning to area cooling centers.

The National Weather Service heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Anyone who need assistance getting to City of Memphis libraries, community centers, senior centers or the official city cooling center at the Orange Mound Community Center can call the Mayor's Citizens Service Center at 576-6500.

Residents are also urged to check in on their neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled. Memphis firefighters will be going door-to-door to make sure people are equipped to deal with the excessive heat.

MLGW is also offering its heat-related reconnection program to those without utilities due to non-payment or failure to complete the ID process. For more information, visit mlgw.com.

So far there have been three heat-related deaths in Shelby County this year. A 62-year-old woman was found in her home, where she had a working air conditioner, but it was not turned on. A 51-year-old woman was taken to the hospital on July 2nd after her air conditioner broke and she began to have trouble breathing. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Also a 60-year-old male, last seen alive on July 3rd, was found on July 5th in his home. There were no utilities connected at the home and it was 95 degrees inside when he was found.

In all three cases, the cause of death was determined to be complications due to other health issues but heat was a contributing factor.

Circulating the hot and humid air in your home is important. If you do not have a working air conditioner, open windows and turn on fans to keep cool. Your body needs a break from the heat. When you are sleeping, you are unaware of how hot your home may be without the air conditioner running.

Heat exhaustion can appear as a headache, nausea, and dizziness. At the sign of these symptoms, you should seek an air conditioned building to cool off. Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke are an increased heart rate and neurological changes. Dr. Helen Morrow with the Shelby County Health Department says no one should ignore any warning signs related to excessive heat.

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