Recognizing the Signs of Heat Stroke

July 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM | Posted in Safety Tips | Leave a comment
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Hot weather can be brutal.  Sunshine, high temperature, and high humidity levels can create a deadly combination.  Prolonged exposure to high temperatures or doing physical activity in hot weather could cause heat stroke.  In a matter of hours, untreated heat stroke can cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles.  Here are some signs of heat stroke:

  1. High body temperature
  2. A lack of sweating
  3. Nausea & vomiting
  4. Flushed skin
  5. Rapid breathing
  6. Racing heart rate
  7. Headache
  8. Confusion
  9. Dizziness or faintness
  10. Muscle cramps or weakness
  11. Unconsciousness

If you start feeling any of the above symptoms, here are some tips of what you can do:

  • Drink plenty of water or fluids containing electrolytes
  • Get to a shady or air-conditioned area
  • Remove any excess clothing
  • Place ice packs or cold wet towels on your head, neck, armpits, and groin
  • Mist yourself with water while a fan is blowing on you
  • Seek medical attention immediately if symptoms persist

The elderly and children are at an increased risk for heat stroke.  If you have an elderly relative or neighbor, check on them regularly to make sure they are okay or need help during a heat wave.

Don’t forget animals can get heat stroke too.  Their symptoms are very similar to human symptoms with the addition of panting, restlessness, excess salivation, and diarrhea.

At Protector Group we hope everyone will stay safe and Stay Cool this summer!

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