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National Heat Awareness Day 2024: Purpose and Importance Explained

 One of the most urgent issues facing the day is the heat waves that have affected several areas in the nation. People are suffering from the intense heat. Summertime extreme heat can cause a variety of ailments.

Many individuals suffer and pass away from heat-related ailments each year. Additionally, heat stroke can be brought on by the summer’s intense heat.

However, if we are aware of our surroundings and know how to protect ourselves from the heat, many ailments can be prevented. National Heat Awareness Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the risks heat poses to our health and ways we may stay healthy.

Every year, National Heat Awareness Day is observed on the last Friday of the month of May. This year, National Heat Awareness Day will be celebrated on May 31.

History:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Weather Service, an agency of the US Federal Government created National Heat Awareness Day with the intention of starting conversations regarding the plight of outdoor workers and labourers. People who work outdoors throughout the summer season are more prone to falling sick due to extreme heat. There is no record of the first observance of National heat Awareness Day – however, it is celebrated every year on the last Friday of the month of May.

Why do we celebrate this day?

Heat waves are one of the most dangerous natural hazards – however, the deaths and illnesses related to it are not so obvious. Hence, people may not be aware about how to take precautions to avoid it. Heat waves can sicken or kill people. People, especially the ones who work outdoors during the summer season, need to take precautionary measures to stay safe and healthy during this time. National Heat Awareness Day is observed to create awareness and urge people to take care of themselves during this time of the year.

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