Avoid Heat Related Illnesses With These Tips

Featured Author: Contra Costa Living Blog Team

Heat Safety Tips

Even though the first day of fall is fast approaching, the Northern California outside temperatures are still staying very hot. With heat advisories still being issued across Contra Costa County, it is important to make sure that you know how to stay safe. Keep these heat advisory health tips in mind so that you do not fall victim to heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke is a very serious heat-related illness that occurs when the body is not able to control its temperature, allowing its temperature to rise rapidly. People who are suffering from heat stroke are not able to sweat, which means that it cannot cool itself down. Heat stroke can cause permanent disability or even death if not treated. Some of the most common symptoms and signs of heat stroke include:

  • A body temperature above 103 degrees
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Hot, red, and dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Throbbing headache
  • Nausea

Heat exhaustion is a milder heat-related illness that develops after being exposed to high temperatures for several days with inadequate hydration. Some of the most common symptoms and signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Paleness
  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Fainting

If you or someone around you is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 right away. Try to get the person out of the sun and begin fanning the person. If you have any water available, encourage the person to drink small amounts. Keep in mind that young children and the elderly are the most susceptible to heat-related illnesses, so pay close attention to them.

For more information about staying safe from the heat, contact All About Contra Costa, your local community forum.