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New Yorkers Advised to Protect Themselves Against Excessive Heat

ALBANY, NY (June 20, 2012) -- With temperatures forecast to climb into the 90s over the next couple of days, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Office of Emergency Management (OEM) offer New Yorkers tips to help them stay safe.

"Although warm temperatures are a welcome sign of summer, when it gets excessively hot for long periods of time, your health can be jeopardized," said State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. "Heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, can cause serious health problems, especially for the elderly, infants and young children, people with respiratory ailments or chronic medical conditions, and those who work outdoors. It is important to take steps to keep cool when temperatures are high, to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, and to know what to do when you or someone else exhibits these symptoms."

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