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April 16th is National Heatstroke Prevention Day

In the United States, extreme heat is the number one cause of death among weather-related phenomena

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 6:43 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2019 8:45 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - As we slowly approach the warmest months of the year, the fear of death due to extreme heat starts to become a little more realistic.

April 16th, 2019 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day here in the US. On average extreme heat kills 134 people in the United States every year, and in 2018, 51 deaths can be attributed to children left in hot cars.

Local doctors and organizations are urging you to know the signs of heat illness, before it gets to the point of needing medical attention. They include,

- Cramping
- Excessive thirst and sweating
- Lightheadedness

As well as other symptoms. To avoid heat-related illnesses, Dr. Justin McGee has some simple information.

Dr. McGee said, "the most basic thing people can do is try to stay hydrated with cool liquids when you’re feeling very hot or having these cramps and sensations, try to take some time off and relax in a cool environment, preferably with air conditioning and shade."

If you or someone on know starts to have a change in their mental status while in the extreme heat, this is a sign you need to seek immediate medical attention.

More Information and tips can be found below

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