Preventing Heatstrokes At Work

Experiencing heat exhaustion is more than just experiencing heat. In fact, if let untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. What causes heat exhaustion is exposure to high temperatures, high humidity and strenuous physical activity. Heatstroke occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. It requires immediate medical attention in order to prevent damage to the brain and/or other vital organs, which could result in death.

Symptoms of heatstroke:

  • High body temperature
  • Flushed skin
  • Headache
  • Dry skin or lack of sweat
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle cramps
  • Seizures Children are particularly at risk for heatstroke as their bodies are unable to regulate temperature as well as adults. Compared to adults, children heat up three to five times faster. This is why its important that children are not left inside vehicles. In 80-degree weather, a car’s interior temperature can escalate to dangerous levels in only 10 minutes. Even in temperatures as low as the 60s can result in an interior temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prevention:

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Seek cooler places and avoid hot spots. Allow your car to cool off before you drive it. Never leave children or anyone in a parked car for any period of time in hot weather
  • Avoid sunburn by wearing a brimmed hat or using an umbrella. Apply sunscreen to areas of skin that are exposed to the sun
  • Certain medications make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your medications increase your risk for heat exhaustion and what you can do to prevent your body from overheating.

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