McKINNEY, TX – Temperatures in North Texas are climbing, and the McKinney Fire Department (MFD) reminds residents to take precautions to avoid a heat-related emergency. The best time to prepare for extreme temperatures is before they occur. The elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless and people with chronic medical conditions are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat. “Take precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death. Stay cool, drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and stay informed on weather advisories and warnings,” advises Elizabeth Agan, MFD Public Education / Information Coordinator. “If you don’t have access to air conditioning, there are options for relief during the peak hot hours of the day, such as recreation centers, libraries and shopping centers. “Make it a priority to check on family, friends and neighbors who may be especially vulnerable,” reminds Agan. “Our goal is to prevent a tragedy.” For additional information on heat-related illness, tips on avoiding the effects of high temperatures, and a variety of other life safety topics, visit www.mckinneyfire.org or call 972-547-2893.