Summer Heat Can Kill You

by Dr Kathleen Hall

Summer heat can kill you. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion.  Symptoms of too much summer heat include dizziness, fainting, headache, weakness, confusion, irritability, thirst, nausea or vomiting. With a heat stroke you may be confused, collapse and may have seizures also. 

Prevent the Many Dangers of Summer

  1. Drink.  Drink lots of cool water and at least one pint of water per hour. Do not drink beverages containing caffeine or alcohol.
  2. Rest. Schedule frequent rest periods and drink water or a cool beverage in a shaded area or enter an air conditioned place for a time.
  3. Clothing.  Wear protective clothing that is cool, light colored- light- weight clothing.
  4. Knowledge.  Know the symptoms of heatstroke and other illnesses.
  5. Buddy System. Have a buddy that you regularly check on every hour.
  6. Block the Sun. Wear a hat and keep in the shade as much as possible to block the sun.
  7. Medications.  Check with your doctor to make sure your physical conditions or your medications so not increase your health risk in the heat.
  8. Call Someone.  If a worker becomes ill call a supervisor immediately or call 911.  Stay with the person until help comes. Keep them in a shady area or move to a cooler place, remove their outer clothing, fan them and apply water and ice onto the person.

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