The heat wave baking the East Coast is taking its toll. In the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, 27 heat-related deaths have been reported. Maryland is reporting 17 heat-related deaths, D.C. has one and Virginia has nine. Most heat-related deaths are preventable. Drinking fluids and seeking relief in air-conditioned spaces can help prevent such deaths. Chew on this: High temperatures claim more lives in the United States than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. Water bottle, anyone?

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—Nsenga K. Burton