Two Rivers: Heat Safety
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.
Wear appropriate clothing
Stay cool indoors
Schedule outdoor activities carefully
Wear sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses
Drink plenty of fluids. Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks.
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
Heat exhaustion signs/symptoms:
• Heavy sweating
• Muscle cramps
• Nausea or vomiting
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.
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