Experts say, use fans wisely during the extreme heat

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KANSAS CITY, MO (CNN) - In the extreme heat we are experiencing, experts say fans may not be too helpful.

With the heat index expected to range from 105 to 110 degrees across the United States every day through Saturday, people without air conditioners might be tempted to grab as many fans as possible.

But health experts warn that is not enough to keep you cool in this weather.

Bill Snook with the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department says fans don`t remove humidity, "They (fans) move air over your skin, evaporating moisture more quickly than usual. When it evaporates into an already humid environment, there`s not a lot of room for that sweat to go, so you`re basically pulling more water out."

Take note, over the past five summers, between two and four people died each year because of heat-related issues.

There were 21 deaths in 2000.

When experts look at the death scene investigations, they have discovered that you are more likely to die with a fan on than without.

The average age of those fatalities is 54-years-old.

A lot of the individuals involved in those deaths had cardiovascular disease, a lot of them had some mental health challenges, some of them used alcohol and other substances.

The health officials says fans aren`t all bad, but they have to be combined with other ways of staying cool.

This includes: cool showers, cool drinks, cool compresses.

If using compresses, you should put them on your neck, under your armpits, on your groin. Those areas are where it`s going to cool a person's blood flow.

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