Don’t Let Heat Related Emergencies Ruin Summer Days
July is here, and the temperatures are creeping upwards every day. It’s hot outside, and if your A/C quits on you, it will be hot inside as well. If you’re starting to feel the heat inside or out, you should be aware of how to prevent, treat and recognize heat related emergencies!
You may be thinking of heat related emergencies as your home heating up from an unexpected power outage or appliance malfunction; but, we’re actually talking about the most important part of your home… YOU! Heat related emergencies can happen when a person’s body can’t adjust to a temperature change by sweating or dispelling heat. Heat related emergencies are common-place for those who are dehydrated while experiencing hot, stagnant air. Here are some tips to help you stay aware of heat related emergencies.
Those experiencing a heat related emergency could sweat more than normal and feel heat cramps, painful muscle cramps in your arms, legs or abdomen during strenuous activity. If you experience heat cramps, it means it’s time to take a break from your activity and get somewhere cooler. Sports drinks are encouraged to combat the symptoms, but water is good as well.
Heat exhaustion can occur during a heat related emergency and is a stepping stone to even more serious situations. Someone suffering from heat exhaustion could experience a high amount of sweating, strong desire for thirst, pale and cool skin. Other symptoms like headaches and dizziness are also common.
Heat stroke is the more serious of heat related emergencies and is a life-threatening emergency. It happens when you body can no longer control it’s temperature and rises out of control. Previously discussed symptoms are common along with slurred speech, seizures and a quickened pulse. If you or someone you know is experiencing this, seek medical care immediately and work to quickly cool someone suffering from heat stroke.
It’s important to stay aware of heat related emergencies and know when you need to take a break outdoors or leave a home without air conditioning. Remember, not only you but, your pets can also suffer from similar ailments. If you’re curious of a power outage’s down time, check out our webpage and call your local TDU here for updates. Remember, stay hydrated and have fun this Summer!
Jackson is a digital film and video production/social media specialist that not only enjoys those roles as a job but as a hobby as well. In his free time Jackson creates videos for his YouTube channel about his passions in auto culture.