Extreme Heat Can Kill
When your body can no longer properly cool itself you will suffer from a heat-related illness unless caution is taken. Older adults and young children are at high risk as well as people with chronic medical conditions.
If you have asthma or any type of lung disease you should pay close attention to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air quality Index if you are planning any outdoor activities in the summer heat.
Just the Facts:
From 1999 to 2010, a total of 7,415 people died of heat-related deaths in the United States, an average of about 618 deaths a year. Source: www.cdc.gov
How to Protect Life & Health
How to protect yourself and those you love when temperatures are extremely high (from the CDC):
- Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.
- If you do not have air conditioning, visit a shopping mall or public library for a few hours or call your local health department to find any heat-relief shelters in your area.
- Drink plenty of fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Visit older adults or others at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.