A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with extreme humidity. The next few days are calling for just that. While planning your summer activies, it is important to keep in mind the signs of heat-related emergencies and how to prevent them.
Some common forms of heat-related illness are:
•Heat cramps that are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen caused by exposure to high heat and humidity and loss of fluids and electrolytes. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat.
•Heat exhaustion which is caused by a combination of exercise induced heat and fluid and electrolyte loss from sweating. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
•Heat stroke (also known as sunstroke) and is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.
Please keep in mind that heat is the biggest cause of weather related death. Wear lightweight clothing and stay indoors with an air conditioner when possible. Plan strenuous outdoor activities like lawn care or exercising for the coolest parts of the day. Also, stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeinated fluids if possible. Be sure to eat small meals and snack more often to keep your energy levels up. Please click here for more tips on heat preparedness.
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