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 Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illness

Beach days, barbecues, concerts, and other outdoor activities can mean fun in the sun. However, heat can take a toll on the body.
Learning how to recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke is the first step to prevention.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion
·         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 your clothing.
·         Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
·         Sip water.
·         If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
Signs of Heat Stroke
·         High body temperature (above 103°F)
·         Hot, red, dry or moist skin
·         Rapid and strong pulse
·         Possible unconsciousness
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.
Find more information on extreme heat preparedness at www.ready.gov/heat  You can also review extreme heat safety tips shared on a recent Twitter chat by searching #HeatChat on Twitter. The Twitter chat has information from the Ready Campaign, Maryland Department of Health Office of Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many others. 



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