MONDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- Residents still struggling with extreme hot weather in the Midwest, South and East Coast need to make sure they stay cool and hydrated to prevent heat illnesses and injuries such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, federal health officials said Monday.
Health problems caused by extreme heat kill an average of 675 people each year in the United States, more than tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, lightning or any other weather event combined, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People most vulnerable to extreme heat include the elderly, infants and children, the homeless or poor, those with chronic medical conditions and those who work or exercise outdoors.
The CDC offers the following tips for staying safe in extremely hot weather:
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has more about extreme heat.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, July 25, 2011
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