First, I wanted to share a list of symptoms to be aware of that an individual may be experiencing heat stroke( also referred to as sunstroke).
Symptoms of Heat Stroke Include The Following:
☘Individual has stopped sweating
☘Severe, migraine-like headaches
☘Dizziness and/or vertigo
☘Skin that’s hot to the touch
☘Elevated pulse rate
As we get closer towards the hot summer months, the risk of heat exhaustion & heat stroke increases. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an average of 618 people lose their lives to heat stroke each year.
Tips For Staying Cool In The Summer Heat:
☘Wear clothes made of light, breathable material
☘Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
☘If possible try to Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
☘Limit your physical exertion.
☘Stay in shaded areas when possible.
☘Certain types of medication may increase the risk of heat-related illness. Check with your pharmacist or go to pharmacuetical website to read about drug facts and warnings.
☘Wrap a wet towel around your head and neck for instant cooling relief.
☘If you’re working outside during the summer, take a short 5-10 minute break every hour.
☘Avoid drinking caffeine and/or sugary beverages.
☘Wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight.
☘When possible, work outside during the mornings when the sun hasn’t reached its peak yet.
Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of the dangers of heat-related illness and how to prevent them.