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Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather.
Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people still 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 can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:
People age 65 and older are at high risk for heat-related illnesses.
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:
People at greatest risk for heat-related illness can take the following protective actions to prevent illness or death:
Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:
If you play a sport that practices during hot weather, protect yourself and look out for your teammates:
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Everyone should take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:
Be sure to visit CDC’s Hot Weather webpage for more hot weather safety tips.