Heat Claims Two Lives in Marion County
Two men died Saturday as the result of the extreme heat. The Marion County Health Department reports 92-year old Anthony Bruton was found dead inside his N. Holmes Avenue home that was not ventilated and cooled only with a fan. 54-year old Randall Yates was found dead outside, near his home on Camwood Drive.
Marion County Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Caine says the threat of severe heat to senior citizens is heightened. "Because they generally do not sweat as efficiently as younger people, thus making it more difficult to adjust to high heat and humidity."
Dr. Caine says to make sure homes are properly ventilated and have a cooling system. She says fans may provide comfort but alone do not offer appropriate cooling when the humidity is high. When temperatures rise to the high 90's fans simply blow more hot air and can increase body temperature.
For more information about extreme weather conditions, contact the Marion County Health Department at 221-2141.