A 56-year-old Sussex man, who had a previous medical condition, is the first reported heat-related death this year in Delaware.

A 56-year-old Sussex man, who had a previous medical condition, is the first reported heat-related death this year in Delaware.

Delaware’s Division of Public Health reported that an autopsy revealed that heat exposure contributed to the man’s death. The man’s name will not be released.

Officials reported the man’s death as a reminder of the danger of excessive temperatures and humidity, especially for people with medical conditions.

“There are many scenarios you need to anticipate,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Helaht. “Do you have a plan if you lose power? Where can you go to cool down and be safe if you have no air conditioning or lose power? Do you know how to safely cool yourself or a loved one down if they are suffering from excess heat? Do you know when to call 911?”

Public Health offered the following tips to prevent heat-related illness:

Do not leave a child alone in a parked car, and call 911 if you see an unattended child in a vehicle. Check on seniors and people with disabilities to ensure their well-being. Carry water and drink even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Visit cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/water.html for more information. Stay indoors on the lowest floor to avoid heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, hats or use an umbrella. Apply sunscreen when outside. Avoid extreme temperatures changes, like taking a cold shower immediately after coming from a hot environment. Extreme temperatures changes like this could lead to hypothermia, especially in the elderly and children. Cramps in muscles of limbs or abdomen during or after physical activity in high heat, and sweating can also cause cramping. Alleviate heat cramps by resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water. Heat exhaustion is more severe and can occur when a person is overheated or experiencing reduced or unbalanced intake of fluids. In the case of heat exhaustion, which includes symptoms like dehydration, fatigue, weakness, clammy skin, headache, nausea and/or vomiting, rapid breathing, irritability and fainting, use the following steps: Move the person indoors or into shade, loosen or remove clothing, encourage the person to eat and drink, get the person to a cool shower or bath, contact your health care provider.

Heat stroke, which can be life-threatening, occurs when the body is unable to cool itself and requires prompt medical treatment. Symptoms of heat stoke include flushed, hot and dry skin with no sweating, high body temperature, severe, throbbing headache, weakness, dizziness, confusion, sluggishness or fatigue, decreased responsiveness and loss of consciousness. In the case of heat stroke, take the following steps: Call 911 immediately, get the heat stroke victim indoors or into shade, and get the person to a cool shower or bath and wipe them down with continually soaked cool washcloths while waiting for emergency responders.

For more information, visit cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html.