By Heartland News
SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Temperatures were hot in June, but the records for heat in Illinois usually occur in July.
That's way the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is focusing on a heat safety campaign.
"Summer's in Illinois are hot, but sometimes people fail to recognize how dangerous heat can be," said IEMA Interim Director Joe Klinger, "When temperatures creep up into the 90s and 100s conditions can become hazardous for children, seniors, pets, and those with special needs."
According to the National Weather Service more than 970 heat-related deaths have occurred in Illinois since 1995.
Officials say that number is five-times more than deaths from tornadoes, lightning, floods, snow, and extreme cold.
Heat related illnesses can involve the following symptoms:
- Heat Cramps
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat Stroke
High humidity combined with high temperatures can lead to quicker illness says Chris Miller with the Lincoln, National Weather Service.