Heatstroke is a severe condition when body cannot cool itself via perspiration and become overheated. It may lead to organ failure, cognitive impairment and death.
To prevent heatstroke, follow these 3 steps:
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Step 3: Act on the early symptoms
① Spot signs of early symptoms. You may first feel heat exhaustion, a type of hear stress that may lead to heat stroke. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include:
- vomiting and nausea,
- excessive sweating,
- low blood pressure,
- moist and cool skin,
- a weak pulse,
- fatigue and weakness,
- blurred vision,
- strong thirst,
- rapid breathing.
Once you find yourself with these symptoms, stop any activity and move to an air conditioned building immediately.
② After finding a cool indoor area, drink some cool water, take off or loosen excess clothing, spray cool water to the skin, and fan yourself. If the symptoms are not alleviated, call for emergency services.
③ Provide immediate help to others if you’ve noticed their symptoms.
④ Be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke. Sometimes heatstroke comes without any indication of heat exhaustion. Call an ambulance immediately if you’ve noticed yourself or someone around you with these symptoms:
- dry, hot, red skin;
- a temperature above 104°F (40°C);
- weakness, confusion, irritability, or strange behavior;
- a rapid pulse; dizziness or headache;
- convulsions; loss of consciousness