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Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: July 20, 2013
DHSS-103-2013





MEDICAL EXAMINER CONFIRMS STATE'S FIRST HEAT-RELATED DEATH OF THE YEAR


NEW CASTLE (July 20, 2013) - A 55-year-old New Castle County man is Delaware's first heat-related death of the year after he was found unresponsive Wednesday in an outdoor setting.

The Medical Examiner's Office ruled the man's death an accident, finding that he had an underlying medical condition. Heat exposure contributed to the man's death, the Medical Examiner's Office said.

Delaware's Division of Public Health said the man's death is a reminder of the danger that excessive temperatures and humidity can have on everyone, but especially those who are medically vulnerable. It's important for Delawareans to have an emergency plan for a heat wave, just as they do for a hurricane or a snowstorm.

"There are many scenarios you need to anticipate," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health. "Do you have a plan if you lose power? Where can you go to cool down and be safe if you have no air-conditioning or lose power? Do you know how to safely cool yourself or a loved one down if they are suffering from excess heat? Do you know when to call 911?"

Here are more tips we all can take to prevent heat illness:

Symptoms may include:

Take these steps for heat exhaustion:

Take these steps for heat stroke:



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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