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Important Warning Signs of Heat Related Illness To Know

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Temps are expected to soar into the upper 80’s and 90’s.  With the dew point it will feel like 100 and we are not use to it in the Northland.  While I’m sure you’ll take necessary precautions with your family.  You should know the warning signs of heat related illnesses and what to do.I have actually experienced heat exhaustion as a kid when I had my bath water too hot.  Not fun and totally could have been avoided.  Luckily my mom was a nurse and knew what was happening.  Here’s what to look for and what to do if you are in the situation of someone with heat exhaustion.

They could experience all or several of these symptoms:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

What You Should Do:

  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of their body as possible.
  • Sip water. (not guzzle)
  • If they have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Heat stroke is another illness that could happen and it is much more serious.

  • High body temperature (above 103°F)*
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

Again, this is more serious than heat exhaustion!

What You Should Do:

  • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

Info: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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