Lord Fairfax Health District Issues Heat Wave Health Alert
With an enhanced heat warning in place, the Lord Fairfax Health District has issued a warning about the extremely high temperatures facing the Valley over the next several days.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (7/19/2019 – 7/21/2019), highs are projected to be in the upper 90s. The health district is reminding residents that extreme heat is a leading cause of weather-related death in the United States. The people most at risk are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions, especially if they are not in an air-conditioned environment. The health district is urging citizens that know someone in this situation to check on them over the next few days.
LFHD is also stressing the importance of never leaving children or pets alone in a car for any period of time. Temperatures inside a car can reach more than 150 degrees quickly, resulting in heat stroke and death. Fifty-two children died in the United States last year as a result of being unattended in a hot vehicle, according to KidsAndCars.org.
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