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Monday, July 7, 2014

Know the Signs



The temperature is rising. It is hot. It is very important to be aware of the heat and how your body can react to it. Getting too hot can make you sick. Your body needs to be able to cool itself.

There is a difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat Exhaustion:

  • heavy sweating
  • weakness
  • cold, pale, clammy skin
  • fast or weak pulse
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fainting

What to do:
  • get to a cooler location
  • loosen or remove clothing
  • lie down
  • apply cool, wet cloths
  • sip water
  • if you vomit and it continues seek medical attention immediately
Heat Stroke:
  • high Body Temp (above 103)
  • hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • rapid and strong pulse
  • possible unconsciousness
What to do:
  • this is a medical emergency, CALL 911
  • move the person to a cooler place
  • reduce temperature with cool cloths or a bath
  • do NOT give fluids
There are some things you can do to avoid heat-related illness.
  • stay indoors in air-conditioned location if possible
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • wear loose, lightweight clothing
  • pace yourself with outdoor activities
  • cool showers and baths
  • do not leave children of pets in the car
  • check on neighbors, especially elderly


source: cdc.org


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