Health & Safety

June 20, 2014

Beat heat illness; Stay cool, hydrated

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

With the temperature rising, it is important to watch for and prevent heat-related illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat exhaustion signs include heavy sweating, weakness, fast or weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, fainting and cold, pale or clammy skin. If someone is experiencing these symptoms, move to a cooler area, lie down and loosen clothing, apply cool and wet cloths to the body, sip water, and seek medical attention if there is continuous vomiting. Heat stroke signs include high body temperature, hot, red, dry, or moist skin, rapid strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If someone is experiencing a heat stroke, immediately call 911, move the person to a cooler environment, lower their body temperature with cool cloths, and do NOT give fluids. When working outdoors, the CDC advises drinking two to four cups of water every hour while working. Avoid alcohol or liquids with large amounts of sugar, wear and reapply sunscreen, and spend time in air-conditioned buildings during breaks and after work.




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