Prevent Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a life threatening condition. If you suspect that you or someone else may be suffering from heat stroke, call 911 and administer first aid until an ambulance arrives.

 

How do I know if my child or I have heat stroke?

  • Fever over 105˚F
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Red, hot and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Confusion, disorientation, staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconciousness

Heat stroke is a serious form of heat injury and in almost all cases is a medical emergency. Contact 911 immediately if you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke.

 

How can I prevent heat stroke?

  • Stay inside when it’s hot out.
  • Wear light colored clothing that is loose fitting
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Drink lots of fluids and drink sports drinks when the weather is extreme
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol

 

First Aid for Heat Stroke

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Get the person into the shade or into an air-conditioned room.
  • Wet the patient with water and fan to cool.
  • Apply ice packs to the armpits, groin, neck and back, these areas are rich in blood vessels which will help carry cooled blood to the rest of the body and bring down their temperature.
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