The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a statement Friday afternoon reporting eight heat-related fatalities in Autauga, Chilton, Coffee, Elmore, Henry, Montgomery and Morgan counties.
There is also one fatality in Mobile County under investigation.
"We are most concerned with individuals living in homes without air conditioning," said Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer. "We ask the public to contact elderly friends and family to make arrangements to assist them."
Williamson said hospitals in Alabama have reported heat-related cases involving 148 individuals since August 1st.
The Alabama Department of Public Health offers these tips to avoid heat illnesses:
- Frequent breaks in air-conditioned areas.
- Drink more fluids, and avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
- Take cool showers or baths
- Reduce or eliminate strenuous activities.
- Never leave pets or people in a parked vehicle.
The health department adds that the risk for heat-related illness or death may increase among people using certain drugs, tranquilizers and diuretics.