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How to Handle a Heat Wave

August 03, 2022

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Historically, from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. In 2001, 300 deaths were caused by excessive heat exposure. As caregivers it is important that understand the risks and symptoms of heat related illness and how to prevent it in those we care for. 


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