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What Is Heat Stress?

What do chefs, construction workers and smelters all have in common? They perform strenuous activities in hot, humid, sticky conditions, which can boost body temperatures and cause workers to feel dehydrated, drowsy and ill. What is heat stress? Heat stress occurs when your body’s regulatory processes break down, sending your body temperatures skyrocketing and increasing your chances of heat stroke. Between 1999 and 2003, more than 3,400 deaths in the United States were the result of exposure to extreme heat. Each year, more people die from heat exposure than lightning, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes combined. Read more