Knowing the signs of a heatstroke

VIDEO: Knowing the signs of a heatstroke

Quick facts:

  • Heatstroke is caused by your body overheating
  • An untreated heatstroke can damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles

Spending time in the heat might be fun, but there are also many dangers! The heat is one, uv rays and then heat exhaustion/heatstroke.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, heatstroke is "usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures". That means that if you spend a large amount of time outside in the hot, humid weather or are exercising/working in the hot weather, you are at risk.

There are some warning signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • High body temperature
  • Altered mental state or behavior
  • Alteration in sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flushed skin
  • Rapid breathing
  • Racing heart rate
  • Headache

Knowing those symptoms can help you keep an eye out for yourself and others around you during the heat.

Should you notice that someone is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 or your local emergency service. While waiting for them to arrive, take action to cool the person down. Get inside or in the shade, cool them down with ice packs or wet towels on their head, neck and armpits.