You are reading...

Preventing Heat Stress & Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Now that we are officially into the summer season and temps are climbing, its important to exercise caution and take a few quick steps to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses. These simple suggestions will go a long way to help prevent possible heat exhaustion:

  • Drink plenty of water. One cup per 15 minutes is the suggested amount. You want to avoid feeling thirsty.
  • Take rest in the shade or better yet: inside (or in your vehicle) where there is air conditioning.
  • Know the signs/symptoms of heat stress/stroke and monitor yourself for them.
  • Block out direct sun and other heat sources if you can.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting closing; however, if your job requires PPE, you must wear it

Heat Stress vs Heat Stroke

If you suspect that you or someone around you may be suffering a heat-related stroke, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Heat stroke is caused by a failure of the body’s cooling mechanisms which causes the body’s core temperature to rise and may ultimately cause mental confusion. Heat stroke usually follows two other heat-related problems; heat cramps and heat exhaustion. These two conditions are marked by muscle cramps followed by exhaustion and profuse sweating. The elderly, pregnant females, and young children are at higher risk for heat stroke.

As a reminder, do not leave infants, children, or pets in vehicles during warm weather. Vehicular heat stroke is 100% preventable.

For additional information about heat stroke, CLICK HERE.