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Temperatures are rising across the country and many cities are feeling the heat of 100 degrees or more.

Did you know extreme heat causes more deaths than hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes, combined? Heat related illnesses occur when the body is not able to compensate and properly cool itself. The great news is, extreme heat is preventable by following a few tips:

  • Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperatures. 
  • Weather strip doors and windows to keep cool air in. 
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sunshine with drapes, shades or awnings.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Stay indoors. If you do not have air conditioning, visit a cooling station such as your local library or shopping mall.
  • Wear light weight and light colored clothing with sunscreen to reduce exposure to the sun.
  • Do not leave children or pets in the car unattended at any time.
  • Pace yourself in your outside activities. Reschedule if needed. 

For more information on beating the heat, visit: http://www.ready.gov/heat.