Understanding the danger of heat-related illness
(KTEN) – Did you know that extreme heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States? With this summer continuing to be significantly hot, it feels appropriate to talk about the risks of heat danger.
The summer of 2022 has certainly been a hot one so far. Through August 11, we have seen 35 days of high temperatures at or above 100°F. This stacks up in the top 10 most triple-digit days in any year with records dating back to 2009.
With this continued heat, it is important to know the signs of heat illness. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangers during the summer months.
The 30-year average of heat-related deaths outpaces the average deaths of flooding, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes by a large margin.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of heat illness, make sure you follow these steps.