We've had out first couple of 100 degree days in Texas this summer, so it's time to remind people about exercising caution when spending time outdoors in the extreme heat. Staying hydrated is number one on the list of things to do to avoid heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke. When your spending time in the sun outdoors, it's best to stay away from caffeine and alcoholic beverages.

Checking on neighbors goes a long way this time of year. You never know when someone may need a helping hand with themselves, or with their pets. While there are not any public cooling centers in Temple or Killeen, if you do not have air conditioning in your home you can look for public places that do have it such as Shopping Malls or Public Libraries.

Lightweight clothing is the best choice if your planning outdoor activities. Don't forget the sunscreen and to take plenty of breaks if your working outside. If you see children or pets locked inside hot vehicles this summer, authorities recommend that you call 9-1-1 if assistance is needed.