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Top 3 Summer Weather Dangers

Steve Wagner

We’ve spent a fair amount of time warning you of the dangers of heat-related illness. Well, we consider it serious enough to warn you again. RTV6 recently released a story on the top 3 weather events that are the deadliest, and not surprisingly, heat-related injuries and illnesses top the list.

Although the National Weather Service didn’t begin tracking the number of heat-related deaths until the mid-1980s, over the past 3+decades, heat has killed more people than flooding, lightning, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined. Injuries and illnesses that are heat-induced can begin as simply as extreme thirst and a headache. Pay attention to the signs, take a break indoors, drink plenty of non-dehydrating fluids, and don’t overdo it.

The other top weather-killers were, surprisingly, lightning and flooding. Summer is the time of year when the most people are injured by lightning strikes, mostly because the majority of thunderstorms occur during the summer, and more people venture outdoors in the warm weather.

RTV6 also encourages us to be aware of the power of water. Flooding often brings catastrophic results, and water, when it is uncontrolled and unexpected, brings destruction. If there is a flood or flash flood warning, stay off the roads, get indoors, and be prepared with an emergency kit.

Stay safe this summer. Don’t take unnecessary risks, and don’t be afraid to call Wagner Reese if you need a personal injury consultation. We are here to help you at (888) 204-8440.


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