Heat-related illness -- recognize the symptoms
Heat-related illness -- recognize the symptoms

As the summer temperatures rise, know the symptoms of heat illness so that you can act quickly if needed.

Heat exhaustion symptoms:

  • Sweating, pale or moist skin, muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, headache, dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, rapid heart rate

Uncontrolled heat exhaustion can evolve into heat stroke, so make sure to treat victims quickly:

  • Move victims to a shaded or air-conditioned area
  • Give water or other cool beverages
  • Apply wet towels, or have victims take a cool shower

If the victim has stopped sweating, is hot to the touch, exhibits belligerent behavior, convulsions, or unresponsiveness, this could be heat stroke. Move the person to shade or AC and call 911 immediately.

10 points
True/false: If you think someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, you should move them to shade or air-conditioning immediately.