There are many warning signs to look for. If you or someone you are with starts having problems with nausea/vomiting, skin turning red, racing heart, headache, difficulty speaking, or not sweating, again get to a shaded cooler area and get a cold drink. If it is too late and heat stroke has set in, call 911 for help. Until the medics arrive, you must try to cool the person down. Once they are in a cool place, remove victims clothing, use cold towels and ice packs to help drop their body temperature. Place the ice packs in dry towels and place the under armpts and between their legs. You can also use a fan or manually fan the person's wet skin. This helps evapoatre the mosisture which in turn, cools down the body. If you are near a bathtub, fill it with COOL water not COLD water ( Cold water can send the victim into shock) and sit or lay the person in the cool water. Always make sure that you stay with them, incase they loose consciousness. You must make sure that their face does not go underwater.
Luckily, heat stroke is a condition that is completely preventable. On these hot & humid days, make sure you keep yourself hydrated! This is the #1 way to prevent heat stroke. Also, avoid alcohol & coffee during high heat times. It is also advised to wear loose, light colored clothes and even a hat. If it is possible, try to wait until the sun starts to set to do any strenuous work outdoors. Heat stroke can be very serious, so please pay close attention to the warning signs. Keep your eyes open for people and or animals having problems in the heat, especially ones who have been left in a car. On a 90 degree day, a car without the windows being open or the air on, can reach temperatures of 140 degrees with 90 minutes. With temperatures soaring quickly it can only take minutes before heat stroke or death can occur.
As you go on with your day, enjoy the sun, but please remember these tips, because your wellness counts AND they could save a life!