My wife and I were camping last year around this time. On our first morning, we decided to go for a “short” walk to acclimate to the wilderness. It was a beautiful morning. The weather was perfect. We saw three cute pheasant families. Life was great. Our short walk got longer and longer and longer. By the time we turned around, it had gotten hot and we were a long way from camp.
The walk back wasn’t easy in the heat with no water. We had to make frequent stops in the shade to cool down. At one point, my wife couldn’t go any farther. She was too hot and was feeling nauseous.
We eventually made it back to camp safely, but it could have been much worse. My wife’s body was heating up faster than she was able to cool down. Later I realize she was suffering early signs of heat illness.
Heat illness, which includes heat exhaustion, cramps and heat stroke, kills people every year. Earlier this year in California, a 17-year-old girl died from heat stroke just two days after beginning work on a farm.
Recognize the signs of heat illness
Signs of heat exhaustion include:
Signs of heat stroke include:
Protect yourself from the heat
If you are going to work or play outdoors this summer:
Call for help
Call for help if you think you or someone else is suffering from heat illness.
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