Summer heat can be a killer - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Summer heat can be a killer

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According to NOAA, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. Hundreds of fatalities are related to heat each year, most of which can be avoided.  Take the heat wave of 1995 more than 700 deaths in the Chicago area were attributed to heat, making this the deadliest weather event in Chicago history. According to the NWS, in August 2003, a record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives.

Heat Index

IMPORTANT: Since heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions, exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15°F.

Never Leave Children, Disabled Adults or Pets in Parked Vehicles!

Safety Tips for Adults (from NWS)

  • Slow down.
  • Dress for summer.
  • Put less fuel on your inner fires.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.
  • During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places.
  • Don't get too much sun.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
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