Feeling the heat? A heatwave stretching across much of the U.S. has many of us seeking relief, but it’s prime time for heat-related illness to strike.
In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods, according to the American Red Cross. Our bodies lose water and salt when we perspire, which can lead to heat cramps. If not addressed, dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion leads to heatstroke, a potentially life-threatening condition.
Young children, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases are most at risk of developing heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Do you know how to lower your risk of heat-related illness…would you recognize the warning signs, and would you know what to do should heat-related illness strike?
Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illness
Risk Factors for Heat-Related Illness
You are at increased risk if you:
Early Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illness
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
Symptoms of Heatstroke
First Aid for Heat-Related Illness
When to Call 9-1-1
Consider it a medical emergency if the victim:
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Sources: American Red Cross, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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