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July 31, 2023

Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

Ask students: What are the symptoms of heat-related illnesses? How do high temperatures affect the body?

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Sizzling temperatures can quickly become hazardous, and in some cases, deadly. Dr. Aneesh Narang, an emergency medicine physician at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, joins Ali Rogin to discuss how emergency rooms are dealing with an influx of patients for heat-related issues and give tips on staying safe.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who is Dr. Aneesh Narang?
  • What are the symptoms of heat-related illnesses?
  • How do high temperatures affect the body?
  • Why may doctors use ice immersion therapy?
  • What can you do to stay safe despite the extreme heat?

Focus Questions

What are some things you think local or federal officials can do to help keep the public safe during extreme heat? 

Media Literacy: Why did journalist Ali Rogin interview Dr. Aneesh Narang in her discussion of extreme heat?

Extension Activity

Research how people can stay safe despite the heat — make a poster and share it with your community!

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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