For Immediate Release
August 23, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Triple Digit Temperatures Return to Kansas

KDHE reminds Kansans to stay safe in the sun, heat

Topeka—As temperatures are expected to climb back into the triple digits today and tomorrow, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) wants to urge Kansans to protect themselves in extreme heat.

The National Weather Service statistical data shows that heat causes more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. It is vital to remember that seniors, infants, children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress and heat-related illness. This summer, KDHE Office of Vital Statistics has recorded 14 cases of adults deaths related to the heat.

“The best defense against heat-related illness is prevention,” said KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, MD. “Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy.”

For tips on heat safety for students, see attached “Play It Safe” document.

For more information on dealing with extreme summer heat, visit www.kdheks.gov/beh/extreme_heat.htm.