Summer is a great time to be outside going to the beach or community events, having fun. But with heat waves happening more often and for longer stretches of time, it’s important to stay healthy by being prepared.
Who is most at risk?
The elderly, children, people with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and people who work outside may be at greater risk for heat related health issues.
Visit the CDC’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups from Extreme Heat page for more information.
Stay Cool, Stay Healthy:
Visit the Red Cross’s Heat Wave Safety page for more information.
Health risks of extreme heat:
Extreme heat can lead to heat illness which can progress to heatstroke. Heatstroke can cause brain damage, organ failure and even death. It’s important to know the early signs of heat illness and treat them accordingly.
Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion:
If you or someone around you is experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion, lie down in a cool place, apply cool clothes, and sip water. If the person loses consciousness or starts having seizures, call 911 immediately.
Know the symptoms of heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency; call 911 right away.
Visit MedlinePlus’s Heat Emergencies page to learn more about symptoms and treatments for heat illness.
Now that you know how to beat the heat, you’re ready to take advantage of the fun things that summer has to offer.