With temperatures on the rise this weekend, it’s clear that summer is here in the Lake Chelan Valley. Chelan Fire and Rescue want to remind everyone about the risks of Heat Stroke. This information was made available through webmd.com.
Some Signs of Heat Stroke Include:
- Red, hot, dry skin
- Rapid pulse
- Throbbing headache
Rules to Live By:
When you are sweating too much, it’s time to come out of the sun. Don’t do anything in the hot sun for longer than 15 or 20 minutes at a clip because the body can lose a significant amount of water content from sweating, setting you up for heat stroke.
The biggest warning that a kid is getting overheated is if they are complaining and have started to sweat. Remember that if it gets to an extreme, they don’t sweat. If a child complains of lightheadedness, take them out of the game. To nip heat stroke in the bud, take them into a cool place and make sure they are hydrated with water or a sports drink.
It’s not just heat that makes summer fun problematic, cold is a big problem when kids are out swimming and have been in the water so long that their lips are blue, they are shivering and their body temperature has dropped. Make them warm back up to 98.6 before they go back in, no matter how much they plead. All kids want to do is have fun, so make sure they warm up.
Heat stroke is a big problem for workers who are overdoing it on the job and can’t say, “I have to cool down and take a break.” Older people, too, are susceptible, especially in a hot apartment with no air conditioning.
Stay ultra-hydrated to avoid heat stroke. Water is OK, but Gatorade and PowerAde with electrolytes are far better because they help replace salt and retain fluid.
Knowing the warning signs is also key to staving off serious trouble. The first sign is cramping in the legs and if that occurs cool off and drink fluid until it goes away, because if you don’t, it can progress to heat exhaustion and then heat stroke. Cramping – especially a cramp in the leg – is a sign that the body is losing salt and electrolytes and you really ought to heed it. Web MD says cramping and light sweating gives way to more profuse, heavier sweating, feeling lightheaded and maybe a little nauseous and then you hit heat stroke, your body stops sweating and can no longer cool itself.
Another peril of heat stroke is that as the body gets hotter and hotter; your blood gets thick and sludgy and makes you more likely to have a stroke.
Let the body cool down naturally in early stages of heat exhaustion, but if you miss the signs and it progresses, put ice packs on the groin, armpits and neck where blood flows close to the surface.
Other ways to cool the body include immersing the body in cool water, placing the person in a cool shower or wrapping the person in a cool, wet blanket.
Chelan Fire and Rescue
232 East Wapato Ave, Chelan, WA 98816