Est. time: 23 min
Heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable yet many people fall prey to extreme heat. Excessive heat exposure has caused over 8,000 deaths in the United States since 1979. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves by sweating. Under some conditions, however, sweating just isn't enough, and a person's body temperature can rise too rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. The participant of this tutorial (written my Michael Livovich) will gain an understanding of: Definition of extreme heat; Heat-related illnesses; Prevention of heat-related Illness; and Resources available for further study.