We rolled in the first two days of summer with a blast, a blast of heat that is. New York broke some records the last two days with temperatures well into the 90′s. With these temps come dangers, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Heat stroke is when the body fails to regulate its own temperature and a persons body temperature can keep rising. Symptoms may include seizure, rapid heart rate, difficult breathing, diarrhea, vomiting and skin redness. Heat stroke can be fatal.
Heat exhaustion is when the body loses large amounts of water and salt through sweating. Heat exhaustion may cause a person to pass out, may cause weakness, dizziness, circulation problems and interfere with brain function.
Here are some simple tips to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion. First of all be certain to drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. If working outdoors take frequent breaks, avoid outdoor exercise and don’t over do alcohol and caffeine.
If you suspect a person has heat stroke treat it seriously, call for medical assistance.