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Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you off. Heat exposure can even kill you: it caused 7,233 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2009.
Learn more about the steps you can take to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather and protect yourself from extreme heat.
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