By KELLIANNE GAMMILL
With temperatures soaring into the upper 90s this past week, it’s important to remember heat safety. To avoid possible death, stay cool and stay hydrated.
The National Weather Service reported when the mercury started to rise recently, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.
Heat can easily be fatal. Chicago lost 700 citizens in 1995 due to a heat wave. Europe lost 50,000 citizens in August of 2003 to heat-related illnesses.
Heat-related illnesses can range from heat cramps to heat exhaustion to heat stroke, which can be fatal and requires immediate medical attention.
Some common symptoms for heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, weakness, weak pulse, nausea and vomiting If someone is experiencing these symptoms, they should move to a cooler environment, apply cool, wet cloths and offer sips of water. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.
One of the deadliest heat-related illnesses is heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke are altered mental state, possible throbbing headache, confusion, high body temperature of 106 degrees or higher, rapid pulse or possible unconsciousness.
To combat heat stroke, the victim should be moved to a cooler environment to reduce body temperature. Extreme caution should be used. Do not give fluids and seek medical attention.
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