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Governor urges Kentuckians to heed dangers of extreme heat

Asks individuals to take precautions, check on family, neighbors who may need assistance

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 28, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today urged Kentuckians to heed warnings and take precautions for excessive heat, as forecasters predicted record or near-record temperatures across much of the commonwealth.

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

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.

Some counties have opened emergency cooling centers, and KYEM has posted a link to that information on its website. If you or someone you know needs assistance due to the excessive heat, contact your local emergency management director. Contact information is available on the KYEM website.