Stay Safe In Extreme Heat

Be aware of yours and others’ risk for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and fainting. Some people are more at risk of developing a heat-related illness than others. Be sure to check on people in these groups and follow tips to keep them safe:

■ Older adults (aged 65+)
■ People with diabetes
■ People with other chronic medical conditions
■ Outdoor workers
■ Infants and children
■ Low income households or households without air conditioning
■ Athletes
■ Pets

Heat stroke is the most serious heat illness. It happens when the body can’t control its own temperature and its temperature rises rapidly. Sweating fails and the body cannot cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency care is not given.

 

For more information about how to prevent heat-related illnesses, visit
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/.

 

For more information about heat safety for workers, visit
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/default.html.

STAY SAFE

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