With the temperatures in the 90s and the heat index values over 100, people should take precautions when outside.

According to Katie Swaim, RN with the Audrain County Health Department, people should stay cool and inside as much as possible. If they go outside, they should come in to cool off from time to time. There places in Mexico, where people can go into to cool off including the Mexico-Audrain Library, Audrain County Courthouse and Mexico Senior Center, all during business hours.

Swaim also recommends people to wear the appropriate clothing when outside. "Wear something lightweight and loose," she advised.

Staying hydrated is also important. "Drink plenty of fluids. Don't wait until you are thirsty," said Swaim.

Alcohol and sugary drinks can cause the loss of body fluid, so they should be avoided.

If people need to be outside for an activity, they should go out early in the morning or late in the evening.

Also, people should not leave children or pets in a vehicle during this hot spell.

The health department also has a fan program for residents who do not have air conditioning or fans.

Qualifications for the fan program includes:

Audrain County residents.

Anyone whose income is below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

A family who has children in the home age 18 and younger.

Clients with disabilities.

Anyone 65 and older.

There is only one fan issued per family.

Audrain County residents can call ACHD at 581-1322 with any questions or to determine if they meet the program's qualification requirements.