1995
Heat Related Fatalities


1995 was a disastrous year for heat-related fatalities. There were 1,021 heat-related deaths in 1995, much higher than the normal toll of 175 deaths reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention. Summer heat took the largest death toll of any natural disaster in 1995.

The July 1995 heat wave at Chicago and Milwaukee was a highly rare, and in some respects, unprecedented event. Both Chicago and Milwaukee experienced its worst weather-related disaster during the period from July 11-27, 1995.

Eighty-nine (89) percent of the deaths occurred in permanent homes, with only five (5) percent in the open. The female to male fatality ratio was relatively close. There were 586 males (57%) and 435 females (43%) who perished from the heat. Sixty-seven percent (673) of the heat victims were in the 60 to 89 age group.


1995
HEAT RELATED FATALITIES
-BY STATE AND LOCATION


    
IN/NR VEH/ PERM MOB STATE BLDG OPEN ICLE HOME HOME OTHER TOTAL AL 0 1 0 2 0 1 4 AR 0 2 0 7 0 0 9 DE 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 DC 0 4 0 10 0 0 14 FL 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 GA 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 IL 0 2 2 623 2 0 629 IN 0 3 0 12 0 0 15 IA 0 2 0 3 0 0 5 LA 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 MD 0 0 1 0 0 10 11 MI 0 2 0 26 0 0 28 MN 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 MS 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 MO 0 2 1 32 2 4 41 NE 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 NV 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 NJ 0 5 0 5 0 0 10 NY 0 0 0 0 0 14 14 OH 0 5 0 12 0 1 18 PA 0 18 3 83 0 0 104 TN 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 TX 0 1 2 4 1 0 8 VA 0 1 0 6 0 2 9 WV 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 WI 1 1 0 79 0 0 81 TOTAL 1 55 14 913 5 33 1,021 PERCENT 0 5 1 89 0 3 98*

1995
HEAT RELATED FATALITIES
-BY AGE AND GENDER

        
  
FEMALE MALE TOTAL PERCENT 0 TO 9 6 6 12 1 10 TO 19 0 2 2 0 20 TO 29 2 3 5 0 30 TO 39 7 27 34 3 40 TO 49 15 64 79 8 50 TO 59 22 73 95 9 60 TO 69 50 129 179 18 70 TO 79 131 122 253 25 80 TO 89 145 96 241 24 90 TO -- 51 10 61 6 UNKNOWN 6 54 60 6 TOTAL 435 586 1,021 100 PERCENT 43 57 100 xx (* Rounding to the nearest percent forces the column to sum to less than 100%.)