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CDC’s Tracking Network in Action: Extreme Heat

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Extremely hot weather can make you sick. Stay cool and hydrated to protect yourself. The Tracking Network provides data and tools that you can use to see how extreme heat may affect your health. Read More >

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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

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Dry conditions in much of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. Read More >

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Flood Safety Tips

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Take these important steps to reduce the harm caused by flooding. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than any other hazard related to thunderstorms. The most common flood deaths occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect yourself, your family, and your home. During Read More >

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

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CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning. When power outages occur after severe weather, using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals Read More >

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Tracking Network Data Spotlight: Drought

Number of weeks in severe drought or worse, 2012-2016

You don’t have to live in a desert to experience drought. Did you know that 48 states experienced drought in 2016? Dry periods of below-average rainfall are experienced throughout the United States: they can be relatively short or last years, and can cover both large and small areas. Read More >

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Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

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Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather. Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people still die from extreme heat every Read More >

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Protect Your Hearing This Summer and Year Round!

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The National Center for Environmental Health at CDC encourages you to show off your noisecancelling headphones while participating in noisy activities this summer. Snap a photo of yourself, your family, and your friends, and share on social media. Be certain to tag your photo to #SafeHearingSelfie. Read More >

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Summer Sun Safety: Protect Yourself from UV Radiation

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Taking steps to protect yourself from the sun is a year-round responsibility. Protect yourself and others from the sun with shade, a shirt, or sunblock (SPF 15+) all year long. Read More >

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ATSDR launches new Don’t Mess with Mercury Training Videos for Teachers, School Administrators, and Staff

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A top priority for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is protecting people from harmful chemical exposures. ATSDR is joining the effort to increase mercury safety. Read More >

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Lightning Safety

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Summer is thunderstorm season and June is Lightning Safety Month. Learn how to protect you and your loved ones during a thunderstorm. Being outside when lightning is present is not something to take lightly—ever. Read More >

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