As summer approaches, knowing the safety tips to enjoy responsibly is key. For example, make sure your family is aware of the pool rules before going for a swim.
Preventing dangerous situations can be easy if you plan ahead.
One of the most common dangers of the summer is heatstroke.
Heatstroke can be caused by prolonged exposure in a hot environment. This doesn't just mean outdoors, either. Spending too long in a warm building can also result in heatstroke if you don't take care of yourself. Same thing goes for hot cars.
You can get heatstroke from exercising too long in hot or warm weather, especially if you are not wearing the appropriate clothing or keeping yourself hydrated.
If you do have heatstroke, seek medical attention immediately. If left untreated, heatstroke can damage your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles.
These are the signs to look for if you suspect you or someone you know is suffering from heatstroke. Remember, drink plenty of water to help prevent it.
High Body Temperature
Anything higher than 104 F is considered a main sign of heatstroke.
Altered Mental State or Behavior
Heatstroke can be indicated by confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma.
Continue reading for more important signs of heatstroke.
Identifying heatstroke quickly could ultimately save someone's life.
If you are spending a long day outside, at a sporting event, or even just in a location with no air conditioning, it's important to be on the lookout for these signs. Especially in children, you should be able to read the warning signs as they themselves may not understand what is going on.
Encourage hydration throughout the day and taking frequent breaks from physical activities.
Here are some more warning signs for heatstroke:
If your heatstroke is brought on by hot weather, your skin will be dry and hot to the touch.
Nausea and Vomiting or Headache
Heatstroke can lead to physical illness, like vomiting and an upset stomach. You may also experience a severe, throbbing headache.
Not to be mistaken with a sunburn, your skin will turn red as your body temperature increases.
According to the Mayo Clinic, this is what you should do if you are experiencing symptoms of heatstroke:
- Get the person into shade or indoors.
- Remove excess clothing.
- Cool the person with whatever means available "” put in a cool tub of water or a cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or place ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person's head, neck, armpits and groin.