By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)- – With the arrival of summer this week it is time to focus on the best ways to stay cool during the long hot days ahead.
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. Heat exposure can even kill you: it caused 8,015 deaths in the United States from 1979 to 2003.
Heat is something we deal with in the High Desert everyday during the summer, so we may think we know exactly what to do to stay cool and avoid heat related illness. Can you recognize symptoms in yourself or in someone else if a problem develops?
Here are some facts about which people are at greatest risk for heat-related illness and what protective actions to take to prevent illness or death from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
You can take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:
For more information visit the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/