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Year's first heat death confirmed in Maricopa County

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Maricopa County man in his 60s was found dead earlier this month in his home that had no functioning air conditioning, health officials said.

The victim, whose name was not released, had underlying health conditions, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health said on Thursday.

"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.

It was not immediately clear why the man's AC was not functioning.

The Valley was under an excessive heat warning during the first week of the June.

The health department reminds residents utility companies and government and community-based organizations have support services and places people can go to get out of the heat.

Energy assistance programs and locations for water and refuge stations can be found here or by calling your utility company.

CBS 5 News meteorologist Steve Garry said to get ready for warmer temperatures as we go into the weekend and into next week. Looks like highs will get into the 110 range by then.

The Arizona Department of Health Services remind residents there are precautions to take during long stretches of extremely hot weather.

Heat Cramps

Muscle spasms or cramps are an early warning sign of heat illness. Immediately get to a cooler place and rest. Lightly stretch the affected muscle. Drink a half a glass of water every 15 minutes.

Heat Exhaustion

Sweating heavily, headache, upset stomach or vomiting, and dizziness are all signs of heat exhaustion. Cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin (turns red) are also signs of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can become heat stroke. Immediately get to a cooler place and rest. If symptoms worsen, get help immediately. Drink a half a glass of water every 15 minutes.

Heat Stroke

Hot, red skin, dizziness and confusion, rapid weak pulse, and rapid shallow breathing are signs of heat stroke. If a person was sweating from activity, skin may be wet; otherwise, it will be dry. Call 911 or your local emergency number. Immerse in a cool bath or wrap with wet sheets and turn on air conditioning and a fan. Watch for breathing problems. If you are helping someone and they refuse to drink water or are throwing up, don't give them anything to eat or drink.

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