Safety tips to beat the heat

This week much of the country will experience hot temperatures with high humidity. These extreme temperatures can be very dangerous for young children, the elderly, people who work outdoors, and your pets. Extended exposure to extreme heat can cause illness or even death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,015 heat related deaths occurred between 1979 and 2003. During this time, more people died from heat-related illnesses than from other natural disasters such as hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods.
There are several types of heat-related illnesses. They include heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rash, and heat stroke. Some of the risk factors for heat-related illnesses include:  Click here for full article

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