IEMA warns public to take the heat seriously

By WEEK Producer

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IEMA warns public to take the heat seriously

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) reports more people die from heat-related causes than any other weather hazard each year.

Yet many people still don’t take the hot weather seriously.

“Extreme heat isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be deadly,” said IEMA director Jonathon Monken. “We want people to be aware of heat hazards and stay safe this summer.”

More than 3,800 people died from heat-related illnesses from 1986-2013, according to the National Weather Service.

Monken said one of the most important things to know is to never leave children, disabled adults or pets in parked cars. Dozens of people and pets die in parked cars every year from hyperthermia, or excess heat.

Temperatures can rapidly rise in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked.

The IEMA also recommends leaving your vehicle locked at home, as curious kids can and sometimes do enter the car and suffer heat stroke.

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