Heat is the number-one cause of weather deaths: Here's how to stay safe

California Experiences Record Breaking Heat Wave
Posted at 12:53 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 13:54:34-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — School is back in session and football is about to kick off. All of this makes a person think of fall, but it’s important to remember that we are battling through the dog days of summer.

In fact, heat was the number-one, weather-related killer in 2018 with 108 deaths. Over the last 10 years, heat has topped the chart with an average of 101 deaths.

Let’s take that a step further – over the last 30 years, heat ranks as the top weather-related fatality, averaging 136 deaths.

Bottom line: No matter what you are doing outside, it is vital you listen to your body. You should also take breaks if you begin to feel cramps, dizzy, or light-headed and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water.

Remember to drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.

Despite fall activities starting, we still have another month of summer to get through.