Heat Related Illness: Know The Signs.

Wow, it has been hot.  Although forecasters say we have seen the last of the extreme heat, we still have several months of hot weather ahead.  It is important as you go about work and play this summer, to be aware of the signs of heat related illness.

When a body cannot cool itself fast enough it can lead to heat exhaustion.  Symptoms include:

  • Muscle Cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Headache 
  • Nausea and vomiting. 

If you see someone with signs of overheating, move the person to a cooler location, have them rest for a few minutes and then slowly drink a cool beverage. Get medical attention for them immediately if they do not feel better.  

Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke causing death if not treated immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Extreme body temperature.
  • Red, hot, dry skin.
  • Rapid strong pulse.
  • Concussion and unconsciousness. 

With any of these signs please get immediate medical attention. As always, please keep an eye on relatives and neighbors and help each other stay safe and healthy this summer.  

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