Wednesday, August 22, 2018

#BeatTheHeat with tips from @FEMA

Stay Safe from Heat-Related Illness

Stay Hydrated
Extreme heat often results in the highest annual number of deaths among all weather-related disasters.  Be prepared to beat the heat during beach days, barbecues, concerts, and other outdoor activities.

Before your next summer event, review the warning signs of heat-related illness on the Ready.gov/heat page.

Be prepared to help yourself and others by knowing the signs of heat-related illness and how to respond:

Signs of Heat Exhaustion
  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

What You Should Do:
  • Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down.
  • Loosen or remove clothing.
  • Take a cool bath.
  • Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar.
  • Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.

Signs of Heat Stroke
  • Extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

What You Should Do:
  • Call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately.
  • Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.

    Find more information on extreme heat preparedness at www.ready.gov/heat

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