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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Summer Safety Tips

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When working or playing outside, be sure to drink water every 20 minutes according to WebMD. To prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, stay hydrated. You can even get dehydrated when swimming or playing in the water. 

Here are the symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea 
  • Pale skin 
  • Profuse sweating 
  • Rapid heartbeat

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke occurs when the core body temperature is above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but fainting may be the first sign of heat stroke.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Throbbing headache 
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

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