POSTED: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 5:56pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 6:47am
Tyler--The thermometer is getting close to the 100 degree mark. These exhausting temperatures combined with high humidity lead to several areas of concern in East Texas.
With temperatures like this, there is a risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat stress, heat stroke, or even death.
Symptoms of heat stress are heavy sweating, dizziness, nausea, and muscle cramps.
Workers who are particularly in danger are construction workers, landscapers, farmers, and firefighters.
As the temperature rises outside, the inside of cars gets even hotter. It is not uncommon for the Tyler Fire Department to unlock cars with children and animals in them. In fact, they get these calls three or four times a day.
Mike Frost with the Tyler Fire Department put a thermometer in his truck, and it read 135 degrees in a short time. It took only a few seconds after he took it out of the truck to drop 15 degrees.
He says leaving children and animals in the car is against the law, and people can get charged with child endangerment or animal cruelty.
Another problem we run into with this weather is that several cannot afford air conditioning. PATH is an organization that holds a summer fan drive every year. If you would like to donate a fan, you can take it to their office on Front Street.