Heat Stroke/Heat Exhaustion
Heat stroke can be life threatening! Signals can include a body temperature of 105 F or higher, dry hot flushed skin, rapid pulse, unconsciousness and lack of perspiration.
- Get the victim out of the heat and into a cooler place.
- Place the victim on his or her back.
- Remove or loosen clothing.
- Cool the victim. Fan and apply cloth-wrapped cold packs or wet towels.
- Care for shock and call 911 if condition worsens.
Signals include nearly normal body temperature, pale clammy cool skin, weakness, headache, nausea, dizziness, thirst and cramps.
- Care as for heat stroke above.
- If the victim is fully conscious and can tolerate it, give about 4 ounces of water to drink every 15 minutes. This should bring relief within half an hour.