Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

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As the temperatures rise, it is important take care of yourself. Be sure to drink plenty of water and know the signs of heat exhaustion.  The most common signs and symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Non-addressed heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke!

If you suspect heat exhaustion:

  • Move the person out of the heat and into a shady or air-conditioned place
  • Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly
  • Remove tight or heavy clothing
  • Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine
  • Cool the person by spraying or sponging with cool water and fanning
  • Monitor the person carefully

Call 911 or your local emergency number if the person’s condition deteriorates, especially if he or she experiences:

  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Fever of 104 F (40 C) or greater

 

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