Heat Safety Awareness

EXCESSIVE HEAT SAFETY: Heat is another dangerous form of severe weather. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are preventable if you know what symptoms to look for.

Heat Stroke Symptoms: 

  • Headache
  • High external temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • No sweating
  • Hot and dry skin
  • Loss of consciousness

If you have any of these symptoms:  Immediately stop what you are doing and call 9-1-1. Move to a cool location and begin to lower the body temperatures with either cool clothes or a bath. Do not give or take any fluids.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms: 

  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cold, pale and/or clammy skin
  • A fast but weak pulse
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps

If you have any of these symptoms: Immediately stop what you or the person are doing and move inside or to a cooler place. Once inside or in a cooler place, lie down and sip water as well as loosen any tight clothing. If vomiting continues, seek medical attention.

Ways to Prevent/Lessen Heat-Related Illnesses:

  • Drink water
  • Avoid sugary drinks, alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine – they are diuretics which will cause you to become dehydrated.
  • Wear light color, loose-fitting and lightweight clothing.
  • Never leave elderly, children or pets in cars during particularly hot days.
  • Pace yourself if you’re outdoors either working or for recreation.
  • Take frequent breaks to cool down.
  • Use an AC or fan to regulate your temperature during the day and at night.