PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The summer is a great time of year because it gives us a perfect environment to relax and be active, spend time with family or have some quality time alone. The days are longer and those gloomy February days seem way behind.

But when the temperature goes up, there are risks. In fact, over the past twenty-five years, there have been about 5000 heat-related deaths in the United States. The greatest problems occur when the temperature rises above 95 degrees.

The sad fact is most cases are preventable. Those at risk include older people, children and those who perform strenuous activities. But you also have to be aware of medical conditions. People with heart and lung disease and those with mental disorders are at serious risk.

Two of the best forms of defense is checking in on loved ones and using common sense.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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