Last July and August tied as the hottest months ever on record, according to data gathered by NASA. Combine record-breaking temperatures with backyard grilling, outdoor sports, or time in the beach, and you may be setting yourself up for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Thomas J. Henry would like to remind everyone to be vigilant when it comes to signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Please take a moment to review the following safety information so you can prevent, identify, and react to symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
While heat stroke and heat exhaustion are different medical conditions, they do share many symptoms. These include:
A major difference between the two is that by the time heat stroke occurs, the body’s cooling system has stopped working. Because of this, an individual experiencing heatstroke may not be sweating, despite high temperatures.
If you develop any of the symptoms above, it is advised that you take action to try and lower you body heat. Take these steps immediately:
While the above steps can help treat rising body temperatures, the best method for preventing heat stroke and heat exhaustion is to limit exposure to excessive heat. You can do this by: