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Summer Safety: Heat Stroke

Written by Jennifer Koenig on August 9, 2016

Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself and starts to overheat. Keep your family and friends safe this summer by knowing the signs and symptoms, how to take action, and steps to prevent heat stroke.

 

 

Symptoms:

  • Body temperature of 104 or higher
  • Confusion and dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Flushed skin
  • Rapid breathing
  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness

If you think someone may be experiencing a heatstroke, call 911 or your local emergency service number. Take action while waiting for help:

  • Get the person into a shaded area or indoors
  • Remove any excess clothing
  • Try cooling them down with whatever you may have on hand – a cool shower, water from a garden hose, ice packs or wet towels placed on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin.

How to prevent heat stroke:

  • Drink extra fluids throughout your time outdoors, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Drinking enough fluids before, during, and after is important while working or exercising outdoors
  • Use a sunscreen of 30 SPF or more
  • Wear lightweight and light colored clothing
  • Wear a hat to protect your heat from direct sunlight

Have fun this summer and stay cool!

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org

http://www.webmd.com

Topics: Health Tips, Exercise, Nutrition

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