As temperatures rise, so does the stress on your body. Several things can help you battle the heat. Your body reacts to heat by circulating blood and raising your skin’s temperature. When your body cannot release heat, it stores it which raises your core temperature and puts your health at risk.
HEAT STRESS – When your body temperature rises even a few degrees above normal, you can experience muscle cramps, become weak, disoriented and ill.
First Aid for Heat Stress/Heat Cramps – Drink fluids and move to a cool environment.
HEAT EXHAUSTION – Heat exhaustion may develop when a person fails to replace fluids and salt that are lost through sweating. You may start to experience extreme weakness, fatigue, giddiness, nausea or a headache.
First Aid for Heat Exhaustion – Rest in the shade or a cool place, drink plenty of fluids, loosen clothing to allow your body to cool, and use cool/wet rags to aid cooling.
HEAT STROKE – This is a life threatening medical condition that urgently requires medical attention. Sweating is diminished or absent, which makes the skin hot and dry and body temperatures rise very high (greater than 105 degrees).
First Aid for Heat Stroke – This is a medical emergency! Call 911. Brain damage and death are possible. Until medical help arrives, move the victim from the heat and into a cool place.
Stay hydrated and safe in the sun!