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Two Rivers: Heat Safety

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Today’s topic will discuss heat safety. High temperatures, especially along with high humidity can cause heat related illness when the body is unable to proper cool itself. Heat related illness (heat exhaustion, heat stroke) can affect anyone but persons with chronic illnesses, the young, and the old are at the highest risk.


Stay cool:

Wear appropriate clothing

Stay cool indoors

Schedule outdoor activities carefully

Pace yourself

Wear sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses


Stay hydrated:

Drink plenty of fluids. Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks.


Stay informed:

Check for extreme heat alerts

Know the signs of heat related illnesses


What are the signs/symptoms of heat related illnesses?


Heat stroke signs/symptoms:

• An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)

• Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)

• Rapid, strong pulse

• Throbbing headache

• Dizziness

• Nausea

• Confusion

• Unconsciousness


Heat exhaustion signs/symptoms:

• Heavy sweating

• Paleness

• Muscle cramps

• Tiredness

• Weakness

• Dizziness

• Headache

• Nausea or vomiting

• Fainting

If experiences any of these symptoms move to a cool place. Put cool, wet washcloths on body or take a cool bath. Seek medical attention immediately if experiencing heat stroke symptoms or if symptoms don’t improve or worsen.

For more information visit CDC Facebook page, or CDC.gov.

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