- Extreme heat waves have left some areas of the United States with triple digit temperatures.
- Extreme heat is deadly – don’t underestimate it, and don’t take unnecessary risks.
- People die every year from going out when they shouldn’t be or not being prepared.
This PSA is simple: Don’t mess with extreme heat. Seriously.
He was a 71-year-old man Found dead in California’s Death Valley National Park on Tuesday and the temperature reached a scorching 121 degrees Fahrenheit. The cause of death is unclear, but park rangers believe the extreme heat played a role. The man fell near a popular hike trail, but was too hot to even respond to a helicopter.
Death from extreme heat and dehydration is more common than many people realize.
In June, a A teenager has died in Big Bend National Park in Texas during extreme heat, maybe around 108 degrees, while hiking with his brother and stepfather. His stepfather also died in a car accident while driving to get help for the boy. And in August 2021, a family of three, including their 1-year-old daughter, and their dog died of heat and dehydration while hiking in California’s Sierra National Forest.
“Their deaths are truly a tragedy,” survival expert Cat Bigney previously told Insider. “Unfortunately, it happens every year to unprepared adventurers.”
With Record heat is affecting much of the US right nowit is more important than ever that Americans take extreme heat as seriously as they take extreme cold.
the best not being out in extreme heat at alllet alone doing anything active like hiking.
The CDC recommends staying inside an air-conditioned building. If you’re over 65, you’re especially at risk for heat-related illnesses.
If you must go out, try to go in the morning or evening and avoid the heat of the day temperatures are in the high 90s or triple digits.
You should also be prepared for the worst:
- Assume that your car will break down and carry a lot of extra water.
- Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back, so they can call for help if you don’t return (a good idea anytime you’re out and about or out of service).
And don’t take unnecessary risks – like a hat to the hottest place on earth take a selfie with a large thermometer that reads 130 degrees.