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NYC releases report on heat-related deaths in midst of first heat wave of summer

June 18, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — A REPORT RELEASED Tuesday by the NYC Health Department found that roughly 350 city residents die from heat-related causes each year. According to the 2024 New York City Heat-Related Mortality Report, most of these are “heat-exacerbated” deaths, which happen when heat worsens existing health conditions such as heart disease. About seven deaths per year are caused directly by heat. The report found that heat-related deaths were more likely to occur at home and also affect more Black New Yorkers. “Climate change is making our summers hotter and more deadly,” Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan warned in a release.

“New Yorkers must prepare for heat with the same seriousness as we prepare for weather emergencies like hurricanes, flash floods, or snowstorms,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol said. He urged residents to visit nyc.gov/beattheheat for advice on dealing with extreme heat.

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