Heat-Related Illnesses

As temps rise, it is important to keep cool and know the signs to look for when it comes to illnesses caused by the heat. Below are some factors that lead to heat stress.

  • High temperature and humidity
  • Direct sun
  • Limited air movement
  • Physical exertion
  • Poor physical condition
  • Certain medications

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Headaches, dizziness, lightheaded or fainting
  • Weakness and moist skin
  • Mood changes such as irritability or confusion
  • Upset stomach or vomiting

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Dry, hot skin with no sweating
  • Mental confusion or losing consciousness
  • Seizures or convulsions

Preventing Heat Stress

  • Know signs/symptoms of heat-related illnesses
  • Monitor yourself and coworkers
  • Block out direct sun or other heat sources
  • Use cooling fans/air-conditioning and rest regularly
  • Drink lots of water - about 1 cup every 15 minutes
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals.

What to Do for Heat-Related Illness

  • Move to a cool, shaded area
  • Loosen or remove heavy clothing
  • Provide cool drinking water
  • Fan and mist with cool water.

If symptoms are life threatening call 911 immediately.

Posted: 5/23/2016 3:00:00 PM by Townsend Editor