Third heat-related death of 2012 confirmed in Shelby County

(WMC-TV) - Action News 5 has just confirmed from the Shelby County Health Department the third heat-related death of 2012.

According to a press release from the health department, a 62-year-old female was found in her residence last week with a working air conditioner that had been turned off.

The temperature inside the home was 91 degrees when the victim was found.

There were also two fans found running in the home, but they were not located in the room in which she was found.

The cause of the woman's death was due to other medical conditions, however, heat was listed as a factor in her death.

On Saturday, the health department released information on the first two heat-related deaths of 2012.  Those fatalities involved a 51-year-old female and a 60-year-old male.  Neither had working air conditioning in their homes.

The Shelby County Health Department urges residents to use the following tips to help prevent heat-related illness and death:

·     Drink plenty of cool fluid, especially water; avoid alcohol and caffeine

·     Wear light weight, light colored clothing

·     Limit outdoor activities during the hottest times of the day

·     Pace yourself during outdoor activities

·     Stay cool indoors, especially in the heat of the day

·     Never leave anyone in a car

·     Monitor those at high risk, such as the elderly, young and pets as well.

For more information about heat-related illnesses, including prevention and treatment tips, you can visit the CDC's Extreme Heat Safety Web site.

Stay with and Action News 5 on-air, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest updates on this latest heat-related death, and a full report tonight  on Action News 5 at 10pm.

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