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High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet more than 600 people die from extreme heat every year.

Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body canít compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your bodyís ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:

    High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat wonít evaporate as quickly. This keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
    Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use all can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.

Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.

Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care and ask these questions:

    Are they drinking enough water?
    Do they have access to air conditioning?
    Do they need help keeping cool?

Everyone should take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and death during hot weather:

    Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling device during an extreme heat event.
    Drink more water than usual and donít wait until youíre thirsty to drink.
    Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
    Donít use the stove or oven to cookóit will make you and your house hotter.
    Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.
    Drink plenty of fluids even if you donít feel thirsty.
    Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
        Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
        Pace yourself.
    Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
    Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
    Never leave children or pets in cars.
    Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:

    Limit your outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
    Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
    Pace your activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
    Drink more water than usual and donít wait until youíre thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.
    Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.