You probably already know that it is hot outside, but did you know that heat kills more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency urges everyone to prepare now for extreme heat.
According to the National Weather Service, a large portion of the country will get hit with "dangerously hot and humid conditions" throughout the week.
FEMA urges people in the affected areas to take precautions:
The Illinois Department of Public Health also offers some tips to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
According to the IDPH, the body usually cools itself by sweating, but if temperatures and humidity are extremely high, sweating is not effective in maintaining the body's normal temperature.
You can find information about the warning signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke here.
It's extremely important that you not leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle. The air temperature inside a vehicle rises very rapidly and can lead to brain damage or death.
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