PHOENIX - Health officials say a man who was found in his home without functioning air conditioning is the first heat-related death of the season.
Officials with he Maricopa County Department of Public Health said the man, a man in his mid-60s, and who had underlying health issues, was found in his home earlier this month. His home did not have functioning air conditioning.
"This is another sad reminder about how seriously we need to take our heat here in the desert,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Public Health, in a statement. “Air conditioners are not a luxury, they are a necessity."
Officials said it is not known why man's air conditioning was not working, but is a reminder that utility companies and organizations offer resources to help individuals with air conditioning bills and water stations.
Simple tips to stay safe during the hot Arizona summers:
- Stay hydrated
- Don't rely on fans as your primary source of cooling
- Stay indoors with air conditioning frequently
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and lightweight clothes
- Provide water, shade and food for pets
- Never leave kids or pets in locked car
- Make sure to check on friends and neighbors
- Visit azhealth.gov for more information
Energy assistance programs and locations for water and refuge stations can be found on Maricopa County's website .