First question: What natural phenomenon kills more people in the United States than all other disasters combined?
Answer: summer heat waves.
If you have a heatstroke, you have an 80 percent chance of dying unless you get early and aggressive, expert medical treatment. Even then, one out of 10 people dies.
The best way to avoid a heatstroke is … avoid the heat. Simple in normal circumstances. Just monitor the weather, and stay in the air-conditioning on those very hot days.
But what about abnormal circumstances? What if you don’t have air-conditioning or it goes out? Or what if some emergency occurs and you have to get out even on the hottest day? Maybe you have to run, or hike with a backpack, or cut down fallen trees. Do you know how to avoid a heatstroke even in those extreme circumstances?
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Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/by Lance Cpl. Monica C. Erickson