Chattanooga, TN – As the heat wave continues to keep Tennesseans seeking shade, the state has seen more than 20 deaths related to heat illness. Knowing the impact of excessive heat on the human body and how to spot the signs of danger could save your life. The Center for Disease Control defines extreme heat as temperatures that are hotter and/or more humid than usual. The extreme and sustained heat we have been experiencing has contributed to heat related illness and death in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency provides precautions to help Tennesseans avoid heat related illness as the heat index soars this August. The NOAA issues excessive heat warnings and provides a better understanding of the heat index and how the heat wave can impact you at their website.