It gets pretty hot here in the valley during the summer and if you are outside for any period of time, it pays to know the signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. You should pay attention not only for yourself, but for those who are around you as well.
Signs of heat exhaustion
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea or cramps
- Weakness or confusion
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pale or clammy skin
- Muscle cramping
- Dark-colored urine
Signs of heat stroke
- Hot, red or dry skin
- High body temperature of 103 or higher
- Fast, strong pulse
- Slurred speech
- Losing consciousness (coma)
Heat Exhaustion can normally be treated by yourself or others to cool your body - move to a cool shady place, pour water over yourself, loosen clothing, etc. Heat Stroke, on the other hand, is very dangerous and should be treated as an emergency. Try to cool the victim as much as possible while waiting for the EMTs.
Heat Exhaustion and Stroke are preventable.
- Wear loose, light clothing: This allows your body to cool properly.
- Drink Plenty of Liquids: Stay hydrated to keep heat-related injuries at bay and help your body cool itself.
- Prevent Sunburn: Wearing SPF 15 or higher sunscreen is a good idea. A better idea is to wear loose clothing that covers most of the body. If you get sunburned, you’ll find it much harder to stay cool.
- Get Acclimated: Getting used to the heat will make it much easier for your body to cool itself.
- Rest During the Hottest part of the Day: Avoid working in the sun during the hottest hours. Many societies that have to deal with high midday heat work early in the morning and again in the evening.
- Be Careful if You’re at Risk: If you’re in one of the categories that have an added chance of becoming a heat injury victim, the young, the elderly, or you’ve been a heat injury victim in the past, you should take it easy in the heat if at all possible.
Follow these links for more information on Heat Exhaustion and Stroke.
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke – Causes, Warning Signs, and Treatment
10 Warning Signs of Heat Stroke
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