Did you know? Extreme Heat causes more deaths each year than Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes, Lightning and Tornados combined!
The number one weather-related killer is Heat, and kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits.
In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and our bodies must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition.
Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.
HEAT STROKE: What to Look For
High Body Temperature (103 degrees F or higher), hot and red skin, fast and strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, losing consciousness passing out
What to do:
Call 911 as heat stroke is a medical emergency. Move the person to a cooler place, lower the person’s temperature with cool, moist cloths. Do not give the person anything to drink.
HEAT EXHAUSTION: What to Look For
Heavy Sweating, Cold Pale and Clammy Skin, Fast and Weak Pulse, Nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, dizziness, headache, fainting
What to do:
Move to a cool place, loosen clothes, apply cool wet cloths to the person’s body, sip water
Get medical help if vomiting, symptoms get worse or last longer than 1 hour.
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