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Graphic: CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking. Climate change and extreme heat causes more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined! Who's at risk? Adults over 65, children under 4, people with existing medical problems such as heart disease, and people without access to air conditioning. What can you do? Stay cool. Stay hydrated. Stay informed. Learn more at cdc.gov/ephtracking.

CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking.

Climate change and extreme heat causes more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined!

Who's at risk?

Adults over 65, children under 4, people with existing medical problems such as heart disease, and people without access to air conditioning.

What can you do?

Stay Cool

  • Find an air-condtioned shelter
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink more water than usual
  • Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids contining high amounts of sugar
  • Remind other sto drink enough water

Stay Informed

  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness

Learn more!

Visit CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Network to learn more about climate change and extreme heat at cdc.gov/ephtracking.

 

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