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Heat Exhaustion: What You Should Know if you Work Outside

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

August is just around the corner and with record breaking temperatures this summer, here are some things to be aware of that will keep you safe from the scorching heat

Here are the Warning Signs

Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It is one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

• Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.

• Weakness and moist skin.

• Mood changes such as irritability or confusion

• Upset stomach or vomiting.

• Heavy sweating

Your skin may feel hot and moist and appear flushed.

Heat Exhaustion can turn into Heat Stroke

Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity, and strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can progress to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.

How to Prevent/ Treat Heat Exhaustion

In most cases, you can treat heat exhaustion yourself by doing the following:

• Rest in a cool place. Getting into an air-conditioned building is best, but at the least, find a shady spot. Rest on your back with your legs elevated higher than your heart level.

• Drink cool fluids. Stick to water or sports drinks. Don't drink any beverages that have alcohol or caffeine, either of which can contribute to fluid loss.

• Apply cool water to your skin. Take a cool shower or drench yourself with a water hose if possible.

•             Loosen clothing. Remove any unnecessary clothing.

In the summer months, heat exhaustion can easily occur if you aren't constantly trying to combat it. Hopefully this blog post educates you in the importance of being aware of how your body feels and keeping it protected from the dangers of over heating.


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