Anyone who's lived in Stafford between the months of May and August knows that the heat can range from mild to unbearable. Extreme heat often results in the highest annual number of deaths among all weather-related disasters, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Everyone should know that heat emergencies can happen anywhere, and that handicapped, elderly, and young children are especially susceptible to heat-related illness.

If you are under an extreme heat warning:

-Find air conditioning, if possible.
-Check on family members and neighbors.
-Avoid strenuous activities, especially those taking place outdoors.
-Drink plenty of fluids.
-Watch for heat illness.
-Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
-Wear light clothing.
-Never leave people or pets in a closed car.