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Heat Stress Illness
 

Extreme outdoor heat can lead to a variety of health conditions ranging from minor health problems, such as heat rash, to serious illnesses, such as heat stroke and even death. Heat stress occurs when the body cannot get rid of excess heat. It can be prevented by taking appropriate precautions. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), extreme heat is the leading cause of weather related deaths in the United States. While heat can negatively affect everyone, there are populations that are more susceptible to heat illnesses than others that includes, young children and infants, older adults, pregnant women, those with special needs, and those who work outside. Based on the Kansas Syndromic Surveillance System data from, May 1st to June 18th of this year, young adult males had the highest number of Emergency Department visits for heat related illnesses. Being prepared when excessive heat is in the forecast can help prevent severe health outcomes and death. As a reminder, people living in cities may experience higher temperatures than in outlying areas, hence the notion of heat islands.

Heat Islands

Heat Islands are a result of cities replacing natural land cover with buildings, streets, and sidewalks. This allows for temperatures in large cities to be 2 to 22 degrees higher than its rural surroundings. Heat islands can cause an increased risk for adverse health effects during extreme heat events. For more information please visit Heat Island Outreach Materials

Daily Heat-Related Illness Emergency Department Visits Graph
Heat Related Illness Emergency Department Visits Graph
Emergency Department Visits for Heat Related Illness 2019 to Present

Tips for Preventing Heat Stress Illness

 

Resources
 

OASH Climate and Heat Guide for 2022

Good Samaritan Law: Protection for removing a vulnerable person or domestic animal from a vehicle

No Heat Stroke: Pediatric vehicular heatstroke statistics and prevention 

Heatstroke | Safe Kids Worldwide: Facts about heatstroke

Heat Safety Tips and Resources- National Weather Service

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Heat Stress Information

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Heat Illness Prevention for Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Extreme Heat and Your Health

CDC Tips for Preventing Heat Related Illness

Kansas Extreme Heat Toolkit

 
CDC Heat and Health Tracker

(click on the above image to visit the Heat and Health Tracker)

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