Heatstroke

As the summer heats up so do the number of cases of heat-related illnesses. A person suffers a heat-related illness when their body is unable to regulate its temperature. Excessive heat exposure is dangerous! Here are things to keep in mind when the temperature rises.

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Did you know?

On hot days avoid hot foods and heavy meals. Both can increase your body temperature.

Heatstroke Facts

  • Heatstroke is a medical emergency and can be fatal if not quickly treated. If someone is showing signs of heatstroke call 911 immediately.
  • Heatstroke is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or by doing physical activity in hot weather.
  • Heatstroke is a form of hyperthermia in which the body temperature is elevated dramatically.
  • Cooling the victim is critical in the treatment of heatstroke.
  • To prevent heatstroke, stay hydrated and avoid vigorous physical activities in hot humid weather.
  • Infants, the elderly, athletes, and outdoor workers are at greatest risk for heatstroke.
  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked, interior temperatures can rise 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.

Symptoms of Heatstroke

Heatstroke occurs when the body's temperature rises rapidly and the body is unable to cool down. Heatstroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

  • High body temperature (above 103°)
  • The absence of sweating, with hot, red or flushed dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma

Symptoms of heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate replacement of fluids.

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

Never Forget

Many accidents that we see can be prevented by following one simple rule... Drink responsibly. Alcohol affects judgment, coordination, balance, and can increase your chances of having an avoidable accident.