Safety Tips To Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

Summer is here and so is the heat. Understand what you need to do to protect yourself from heat-related illness. High temperatures can overwhelm the body and put you at risk for heat cramps, rash, exhaustion, or even stroke. People who are older, work outside, or have chronic diseases have the most risk.

What can you do to stay safe from the heat?

✔ Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
✔ Protect against sunburn with SPF protection 30.
✔ Drink plenty of fluids.
✔ Slow down and avoid strenuous activities or exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Warning signs of a heat stroke?

-An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
-Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
-Rapid, strong pulse
-Throbbing headache
-Dizziness
-Nausea
-Confusion
-Unconsciousness

Warning signs of heat exhaustion

-Heavy sweating
-Paleness
-Muscle cramps
-Tiredness
-Weakness
-Dizziness
-Headache
-Nausea or vomiting
-Fainting

How to help someone suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke

-Get out of the heat and seek an airconditioned environment
-Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
-Rest.
-Cool off by taking a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
-Seek an air-conditioned environment.

Added measures are required for heat stroke

-Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F.
-If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
-Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

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