WASHINGTON – The first Maryland heat-related death of 2013 happened in Howard County, state authorities announced Wednesday.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) said in a statement that a man between the ages of 45 and 64 who had underlying health conditions died of heat-related complications.
In the statement, the deputy secretary of DHMH warned of the dangers of hot weather. “As we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, Marylanders should remember that extreme heat can be dangerous, and even deadly,” Dr. Laura Herrera said. “With high temperatures expected throughout the weekend, people need to take steps to stay cool.”
The statement included tips for staying safe in the heat:
The department said that heat-related deaths have been on the rise in recent years: There were 46 confirmed heat-related deaths in Maryland last year; in 2011, there were 34; in 2010, 32; in 2009, 6.
The DHMH has more tips at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/extremeheat/SitePages/Home.aspx.
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