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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to take extra precautions against the heat.
Children, the elderly and people with chronic conditions are usually the first to suffer from heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion, cramps or, in extreme cases, heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to hot temperatures.
Director of Clinic Services Kim Ens said it is important to check on neighbors, especially if they are elderly or disabled and live on their own. She also said it is best to avoid being outdoors in the middle of the day when the heat is most intense. “We all need to remember to drink plenty of water when the heat and humidity are high.”
The Health Department recommends the following to prevent heat-related illness: