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Extreme heat can be very dangerous, leading to heat stroke and death. Heat stroke occurs when your temperature rises quickly and your body cannot cool down. It often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion but it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury. This condition is life-threatening, but it is preventable.
Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness
If you believe that you or someone else may be suffering from heat stroke or another heat-related illness, get help right away. It could be a life or death emergency.
For more information, contact the Bethlehem Emergency Management Office (BEMO) at (518) 439-4955, extension 1166.