Dallas County sees first heat-related death

Dallas County health officials are confirming the first heat-related death in the county for 2016.

The name of the deceased is not being released due to medical privacy laws.

Dallas County Health and Human Services are urging residents to take extra precautions during the heat.

"Summer heat in North Texas can be dangerous," said DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson. "Citizens should be mindful of the risks associated with high temperatures and take precautions to avoid potentially life-threatening situations for themselves and their loved ones."

Last year, Dallas County saw 2 heat-related deaths and almost 300 cases of heat-related illnesses.

"Heat deaths are preventable," said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority. "There are actions you can take to decrease your risk of heat-related problems, such as staying in a cool place, decreasing physical activity and staying well-hydrated."