Stay Safe In The Summer Heat With These Tips

Featured Author: Contra Costa Living Blog Team

Heat Safety Tips

Even though fall is closer than ever, the hot summer temperatures are still hanging around. While this may seem like good news if you are planning a pool party or other outside activity, it can also be very dangerous. Thousands of people suffer from heat-related illnesses each year, which can turn deadly if not properly treated.

The best way to deal with any heat related emergency is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Staying hydrated and out of the sun when possible can help to keep you safe in the warm weather. Keep these heat safety tips in mind to ensure that you know how to handle any heat related illnesses.

  • Heat stroke – heat stroke occurs when your body is not able to control its temperature, and your body temperature rises rapidly. Heat stroke can cause permanent disability or even death if it is not treated as soon as possible. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of heat stroke include hot and dry skin, dizziness, throbbing headache, and nausea.
  • Heat exhaustion – a milder form of heat stroke, heat exhaustion can occur after several days of being exposed to high temperatures and not getting enough fluid. Some of the most common signs of heat exhaustion include paleness, heavy sweating, weakness, headache, muscle cramps, and fainting.

If you or someone around is is exhibiting any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Try and get the person out of direct sunlight and the heat. Provide the person with water or ice to start to cool them down as soon as possible.

For more information on dealing with heat related illnesses in Contra Costa County, California, contact All About Contra Costa, your local community forum.