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90+ degree weather heading our way for several days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together a good number of tips (below) to stay safe during the hot weather. Most importantly please take the time to check on neighbors or friends who may be at risk.
According to the CDC extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people still die from extreme heat every year.
Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:
People age 65 and older are at high risk for heat-related illnesses.
Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care and ask these questions:
People at greatest risk for heat-related illness can take the following protective actions to prevent illness or death:
Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:
If you play a sport that practices during hot weather, protect yourself and look out for your teammates:
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Everyone should take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather: