With the weather this week being hot, hot, hot it is really important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion so you can stop it from developing into heat stroke.
If left untreated the body temperature will continue to rise and the person will quickly develop into heat stroke where the brain is starting to overheat.
What are the signs?
Heat Exhaustion tends to come on following prolonged periods of time out in the sun. It is important to recognise it and act fast to stop the development of heath stroke. The signs of heat exhaustion are:
Dizziness and Confusion
Nausea and vomitting
Being very thirsty
How Can I Avoid Heat Exhaustion?
Stay out of the sun in the middle of the day between 11 and 3pm
If you are out and about try to stick to spending time in the shade.
Drink plenty of water / fluids
Carry extra fluids on you and put some bottled water in the freezer overnight if you are out for the day.
Keep your head covered and wear long, loose fitting clothes.
Try to keep a hat on your babies / children.
Wear Sun screen
Avoid prolonged periods of time in the sun.
If I suspect heat exhaustion what should I do?
If you suspect that someone has started to develop heat exhaustion move them out of the direct sunlight into a cooler, well ventilated area.
Give them some cool fluids to drink and keep the room well ventilated. Small children are particularly at risk of developing heat exhaustion so take care in the sun and make sure they are well hydrated. Offer extra fluids throughout the day and keep an eye on their urine output.
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To find out more about how to respond in the event of an emergency or to book a first aid course please get in touch.
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