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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Reduce Sweat with Beat the Heat Tips

Heat Stress

Autumn is a month away, but summers in North Texas tend to go beyond the expiration date. Forecasts are like a broken record, “….extremely hot, reaching temperatures near or above 100 degrees.”

Team Plano employees work in a variety of environments, ranging from climate-controlled offices to warehouses and the steamy outdoors. Risk Management suggests you approach heat-related injuries by preventing, identifying and treating them

PREVENTION – Tips to Beat the Heat

  • Drink plenty of water and find air-conditioned places to cool off
  • If you go outside, remember:
    • A hat and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
    • Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
    • Water
    • Limit time outdoors when possible and take breaks often
  • Know who is at high risk:
    • Infants and young children; don’t EVER leave them in closed cars; this applies to pets as well
    • Senior adults and people with chronic medical conditions

SPOT – Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustionheat exhaustion

Heat Stroke

Very high body temperature (above 103°F)
Dizziness
Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)
Upset stomach
Rapid, strong pulse
Confusion
Throbbing headache
Passing out

Heat Exhaustion

Heavy sweating
Weakness
Paleness
Dizziness
Muscle cramps
Headache
Fainting
Upset stomach or vomiting

 If you see any of these signs, get medical help immediately.

TREAT – While waiting for medical attention, you can help someone with heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Heat Stroke:
Move the victim to a shady area or indoors. Do not give the person fluids.

  • Cool the body – give a cool (not cold) bath, shower or sponge bath
  • Spray with a garden hose
  • Fan the victim
  • Move victim to an air conditioned area

Continue efforts to cool the person until help arrives or his or her body temperature falls below 102°F and stays there.

Heat Exhaustion:

Get medical attention if symptoms get worse or last longer than one hour.

  • Cool the body – administer cool, nonalcoholic beverages and rest
  • Give a cool (not cold) bath, shower or sponge bath
  • Move to an air-conditioned area

Seek medical help immediately if symptoms are severe or if victim has heart problems or high blood pressure.

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/

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