Too Hot? Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
As high temperatures sweep across the country, know that excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you’re at the beach or have to stay outside this week, the American Red Cross has a guide for danger signs and what to do if someone gets too hot.
First, if someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place. Have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.
HEAT EXHAUSTION SIGNS
HOW TO HELP HEAT EXHAUSTION If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion, you should:
HEAT STROKE SIGNS (LIFE-THREATENING)
HOW TO HELP HEAT STROKE If someone is exhibiting signs of heat stroke, you should:
For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, download the free Red Cross Emergency App. The app also gives users the option to receive alerts for excessive heat watches, warnings and heat advisories.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.