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Jun 28, 2012 4:46 PM

Beshear Urges Kentuckians To Heed Dangers of Extreme Heat

Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday urged Kentuckians to heed warnings and take precautions for excessive heat, as forecasters predicted record or near-record temperatures across much of the Commonwealth.

According to the National Weather Service, triple-digit temperatures are forecast through the next few days in many areas of the state.

"Take care of yourself and check on family members, neighbors or friends who may need assistance to stay safe and healthy during this heat wave," Gov. Beshear urged. "The summer heat can be uncomfortable for everyone, but we don't want it to turn life-threatening for anyone. You can do your part by taking precautions, and by reaching out to others who may need help in these dangerous weather conditions."

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) has posted on its website, www.kyem.ky.gov, a number of tips for keeping cool and safe, including:

• Avoid prolonged outdoor exposure
• Stay hydrated
• Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone
• Provide plenty of shade and fresh water for outdoor pets and animals
• Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
• Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
• Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

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