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First heat-related death reported in Shelby County

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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

The heat can be dangerous. Sitting under a shady tree on a hot afternoon, Tarrell Mason did his best to stay cool.

"It's really hot in the sun, it really is, so I advise people to drink liquid water or Gatorade. A little something of that nature," Mason said.

This week, Shelby County saw its first heat-related death. Only a couple of days into summer and the Health Department is taking this death very seriously.

The Health Department said that even indoors, if there isn't any air flowing or water to drink, you CAN get heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

If you have a headache, feel nauseous, or weak, those are signs that you might be dehydrated.

More importantly, check on family members and friends who live by themselves.

"My mother she's 72 years old and she loves the outside, she's retired and she loves to mow the yard. As a resident here in Memphis we should do that, check on other people like that," Mason said.

Heat-related deaths varied over the past years, with 21 deaths in 2010, zero in 2013 and only one last year.

Experts say it's important to be mindful and check on others often.

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