As we enter the hot, humid summer are you prepared to deal with the heat and stay healthy? Normally our bodies can help cool themselves through sweating, however, this is not the case with heatstroke. Heatstroke is a serious medical situation in which the body temperature soars and cannot cool itself down like normal. Do you know the signs of heatstroke? Take a minute to review them below, it could help save the life of you or someone you know.
Signs of Heatstroke:
Skin that is red, hot and dry – but not sweaty
If you suspect heatstroke, call 911 immediately. Get the victim into the shade and remove any excess clothing. Apply cold compresses to the body and fan them while spraying cool water. Remember, this is a serious condition and needs to be dealt with immediately.
The best way to avoid heatstroke is to manage the heat appropriately so heatstroke never becomes and issue. Below are four ways to beat the heat this summer:
Stay hydrated with cool liquids and water, not alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Remember to drink before you start feeling thirsty.
Chill inside in air conditioning. Remember places like the mall and library offer a cool environment even if you do not have air conditioning in your home.
Do your outside activities early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler.
Dress in lightweight, loose fitting clothes.
Stay cool this summer and remember to check in on neighbors and families, especially those with young children and senior citizens.
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