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    NEWSLETTERS

    AP

    Temperatures across North Texas continue to climb to dangerous levels. The first Excessive Heat Warning of the summer was issued Sunday and lasts until Thursday.

    Twelve heat-related deaths have been reported in Dallas County this year. Victims were between the ages of 40 and 90.

    Warning: Intense Heat Is Deadly

    [DFW] Warning: Intense Heat Is Deadly
    Dallas County Health Officials are cautioning people to check on their elderly neighbors to make sure they aren't suffering from the sweltering summer temperatures.

    County officials are urging residents to check on the elderly during the heat wave. "This is a personal responsibility, that I'm challenging during this extreme heat conditions, that we need churches, civic groups and neighbors to check on their neighbors," said Zach Thompson with Dallas County Health and Human Services.

    Dallas County health officials have donated and installed more than 400 window air-conditioning units for people in need, and the county's hotline receives about 300 calls a day asking for air-conditioners or assistance with electric bills.

    Outdoor Workers Keeping Cool, Sort Of

    [DFW] Outdoor Workers Keeping Cool, Sort Of
    People who have to work outside in the summer heat are taking precautions to stay cool in triple digit temperatures.

    "It's important to remember, in this heat especially, that fans are not protective against heat-related illness once the temperature exceeds 90 degrees and the humidity is over 35 percent," said DCHHS medical director Dr. Steven Harris.

    People should only call 214-819-6001 if they are in dire need and their homes do not have working A/C units. Officials said they've been bombarded with calls from people wanting a second or third A/C unit, instead of hearing from people in crisis.

    Water and electricity usage is soaring as a result, prompting the state's electricity grid manager to ask Texans to conserve energy during the hottest part of the day.

    Nighttime temperatures aren't bringing much relief because of the miles of heat-absorbing concrete. Early Tuesday morning, it was 83 in Dallas. A daytime high of 109 was expected Thursday.

    Cooling Centers Open Across North Texas

    Dallas County is activating its "Beat the Heat Centers," offering cold water, snacks and most importantly air conditioning. The facilities are sponsored by Reliant Energy and are open through Sept. 30.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
    2922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
    214-670-8367
    Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
     
    West Dallas Multipurpose Center
    2828 Fish Trap Rd.
    214-670-6340
    Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    The Salvation Army has also opened 15 cooling stations across the Metroplex to help people beat the heat. Each location offers a cool place to stay during the day and ice cold water to keep people hydrated.

    These locations are open seven days a week:

    Carr P. Collins Social Services Center
    (Parkland Hospital Area)
    5302 Harry Hines Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75235
    (214) 424-7000

    Mabee Social Services Center
    (Fort Worth)
    1855 E. Lancaster Ave.
    Fort Worth, TX 76103
    (817) 344-1811


    All of the following location are open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday:

    Dallas Temple
    (Love Field Area)
    6500 Harry Hines Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75235
    (214) 956-6025

    Oak Cliff
    1617 W. Jefferson
    Dallas, TX 75208
    (214) 941-5911 or 5914

    Cedar Crest
    (East Oak Cliff)
    1007 Hutchins Road
    Dallas, TX 75203
    (214) 941-7404

    Pleasant Grove 
    8341 Elam Road 
    Dallas, Texas 75217
    214-398-6619

    Denton 
    1508 East McKinney St.
    Denton, TX 76201
    (940) 566-3800

    Garland 
    451 W. Ave D
    Garland, TX 75040
    (972) 272-4531

    Irving 
    250 East Grauwyler Road
    Irving, TX 75061
    (972) 438-6553

    Lewisville 
    207 Elm Street
    Lewisville, TX 75067
    (972) 353-9400

    McKinney 
    600 Wilson Creek Pkwy
    McKinney, TX 75069
    (972) 542-6694

    Plano 
    3528 E. 14th
    Plano, TX 75074
    (972) 423-8254

    Arlington 
    712 W. Abram 
    Arlington, TX 76013
    (817) 860-1836

    Northside Corps
    (N. Fort Worth)
    3023 NW 24th St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76106
    (817) 624-3111 or 1637

    Waxahachie 
    620 Farley St.
    Waxahachie, TX 75165
    (972) 937-7727
     

    NBC 5's Susy Solis contributed to this report.