Missy Anderson stepped out of the shade and into the building heat of another day in one of Denver’s hottest summers on record.
Anderson is an injury prevention coordinator at Denver Health, meaning she works to deter the kinds of accidents and events that often land people in the hospital. On this July day, that involved giving a demonstration on the health dangers that summer heat can pose. She had parked her SUV in the driveway in front of the hospital and stuck a thermometer inside. Next to the car was a sign displaying the result.
It was about 95 degrees outside. Inside, the temperature after just a few minutes had already climbed above 150 — hot enough to kill. In a few minutes more, it would hit 165.
“We don’t think a lot about heat in Colorado,” she said. “We usually…
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