After record-setting temps this past holiday weekend, it’s a good time for a reminder about safety in extreme heat and humidity conditions.
The first sign of a heat-related illness may be muscle cramping, which may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke. Remember, NEVER leave a child or pet in a locked car, where the temperature can rise rapidly. Also, elderly residents are more susceptible to heat-related illness, so take precautions.
Look for these symptoms if you’re going to be outside during times of high temperatures and humidity.
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale and clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
What to do
- Move to a cooler location
- Lie down and loosen your clothing
- Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible
- Sip water
- If you have vomited and it continues, seek immediate medical attention
- High body temperature of above 103 degrees F
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Possible unconsciousness
What to do
- Call 911 immediately
- Move the person to a cooler environment
- Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or a bath
- Do NOT give the person fluids