How to recognise heat stroke

Posted by Keri Hartwright
Last updated 9th July 2022
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  • What is heatstroke?

    If we spend too much time in direct sun we can develop heat exhaustion and if not treated we may go onto develop heat stroke.

    Heat exhaustion is when we spend too much time in the sun and start to feel unwell.  Initially the person may:

    • look pale and sweaty
    • Feel sick
    • Feel thirsty
    • Have a temperature over 38 degrees.

    If not treated or controlled at this stage they may go onto develop heat stroke?  Heat stroke is when someone’s brain starts to overheat.  It is a very serious condition.

    • How to recognise if?

      If someone has developed heat stroke they will show the following signs

      • Still feeling unwell after 30 minutes resting in a cool room.
      • Temperature over 40 degrees,
      • Seizure
      • Confused
      • Not sweating.

      This is really serious and you need to call 999.

    • How to prevent it

      There are things you can do to reduce the risk of developing heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

      • Avoid direct sun between 11 – 3pm
      • Cover your head with a hat
      • Drink plenty of fluids
      • Take cool baths or showers
      • Avoid excess exercise or alcohol.
    • How to manage heat stroke

      If you suspect someone has developed heat stroke

      1. make sure they are inside out of direct sunlight.
      2. call 999
      3. cool them rapidly
      4. If they become unconscious put them in the recovery position.

      Small children and older people are more at risk of developing heat exhaustion / heat stroke if they are exposed to the sun so keep a close eye on them at all times.

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