Heat No. 1 killer among weather fatalities
Published: Jun. 7, 2019 at 1:31 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM CDT
LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Heat is the No. 1 killer among weather fatalities, according to information compiled by the National Weather Service.
There were 108 heat-related deaths reported in the United States in 2018 and an average of 101 heat-related deaths per year over the last 10 years. There were 136 heat-related deaths over a 30-year period.
Flood-related deaths were the second-highest, with 80 deaths in 2018 and an average of 95 annually over 10 years and 87 annually over 30 years.
Here are some tips from weather.gov/heat to stay safe in the heat.
- VEHICLES: Never leave kids or pets unattended - LOOK before you LOCK.
- ON THE JOB: Stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.
- INDOORS: Check on the elderly, sick and those without AC.
- OUTDOORS: Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade, and stay hydrated.
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