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Heat Wave: 7 Steps to Staying Safe

Ok, this piece of advice is not always practical, but when temperatures climb above 90 degrees it's safer to stay inside with the air conditioner blasting than to brave the elements. In New York City, where many residents don't have air conditioning, the city has opened cooling centers to keep them icy. istockphoto

(CBS) The heat is on and it could be deadly.

According to the National Weather Service, heat waves, like the one the east coast of America is experiencing, are responsible for more "fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined."

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In 2003, a massive European heat wave, led to approximately 50,000 deaths, according to the service.

Sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all possible. The last one, characterized by rapid pulse and high body temperature, can be fatal.

Children, pets, and seniors are most at risk.

How can you keep yourself and you family safe as the mercury smashes through the glass? Here's seven great ideas to keep you cool and comfortable.




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