Keep Your Cool in the Summer's Heat

Vermont Department of Health

  News Release: June 30, 2014

 

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BURLINGTON – The next three days are forecast to hover near or above 90 degrees. During summer’s extreme heat, know how to recognize risk factors, respond to warning signs, and what precautions to take to stay safe.

It's Hot Outside. Click for tips: Stay cool. Stay hydrated. Stay informed.  Img from CDC.Nationwide, extreme heat events, or heat waves, are the most common cause of weather-related deaths. They cause more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined.

“Heat illness is a real danger for everyone. Vermonters go to the emergency department for heat illnesses just as often as people in Maryland,” said Lori Cragin, state epidemiologist for environmental health.“Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed.“

Older people (age 65+), infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress.

Keep Your Cool:

Check on family, friends and neighbors. Visit older adults at least twice a day, such as anyone over the age 65 and over, people who have mental illness, and people with health conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure, and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

Learn more: Extreme Heat

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