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.