State health officials said yesterday that 10 heat-related deaths have been recorded in Alabama this month. They urged people to continue to use caution as temperatures remain high.
State health officer Don Williamson said there is a risk that people will think the danger has passed since temperatures have dipped slightly during the past few days.
He reiterated the advice he has given since the heat wave began: stay cool, drink lots of fluids, reduce or eliminate strenuous activity and do not leave people or pets in parked cars.
Williamson said 251 people have sought treatment in hospitals around the state for heat-related illnesses. Of those, 193 were treated and released while the other 58 were admitted for care.
This month's heat-related death toll exceeds any year since 1999, when 11 people died. Deaths from the heat have been recorded in Autauga, Chilton, Coffee, Elmore, Henry, Montgomery and Morgan counties.