With the heat expected to continue around the area for the next few days, it’s very important to take measures to keep yourself safe in the sun and your kids safe when you travel. Heat illnesses can be extremely dangerous. Symptoms include a lack of sweating, flushed skin, rapid breathing, a racing heartbeat, strong pulse, headache, hallucinations or seizure, muscle cramps and weakness. Leaving a child or even a pet in the car during this heat wave can be fatal to them. On hot summer days, 75 percent of the temperature increase occurs within the first five minutes. The temperature inside a car can top 120 degrees on a sunny day when the outside temperature is in the high 80s.
* Drink plenty of fluids (water is the best or some kind of sports drink such as Gatorade, avoid soft drinks if possible) 2 – wear plenty of sunscreen and 3 – stay out of the sun during its strongest rays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also keep plenty of water for your pets and provide them a shady place to rest – preferably inside.
Symptoms of heat stroke can sometimes mimic those of heart attack or other conditions. Sometimes a person experiences symptoms of heat exhaustion before progressing to heat strokes.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
• muscle cramps and aches, and
However, some individuals can develop symptoms of heat stroke suddenly and rapidly without warning. Different people may have different symptoms and signs of heatstroke. But common symptoms and signs of heat stroke include:
- high body temperature
• the absence of sweating, with hot red or flushed dry skin
• rapid pulse
• difficulty breathing
• strange behavior