Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. In fact, in 2014, 30 children died of heatstroke from being left in vehicles in the U.S. alone. It's important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, along with how to combat it. You may save a life!
- Heat Exhaustion: Symptoms include heavy sweating, a weak pulse, looking pale, dizziness and nauseousness.
- What to do: Move the person to a cool environment, loosen clothing, apply a wet cool towel, give small sips of water unless they are vomiting. Seek medical attention.
- Heat Stroke: Symptoms include headache and confusion. They may NOT be sweating, have a rapid pulse, or faint.
- What to do: Get medical attention IMMEDIATELY as heat stroke can be FATAL. Move the person to a cool environment and cool their body with a water mister. Do NOT give fluids.
Tips to Beat the Heat
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity, or re-schedule for the cooler morning hours. If you must be outdoors, drink water and take breaks often, rest and cool-down in the shade.
- Stay indoors and use air conditioning when possible.
- Wear lightweight and light-colored loose clothing.
- Avoid eating big meals, graze through the day instead.
- Of course stay HYDRATED.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Wear sunscreen when outdoors and re-apply often.
- National Weather Service Heat Safety & Facts
Never Leave Kids or Pets in Parked Vehicles
With an outside temperature of only 80 degrees in just 10 minutes the temperature inside a car can hit 99 degrees and within half an hour, 114 degrees!